American Masters Pictures: “By Sidney Lumet” Premiere

Come to the Lincoln Plaza Cinema for the Premiere of American Masters Pictures: By Sidney LumetWith candor, humor and grace, Lumet reveals what matters to him as an artist and as a human being. The documentary features clips from Lumet’s films – 44 films made in 50 years – including Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon, 12 Angry Men, Network and Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead.

Peabody and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Nancy Buirski (Tanaquil Le Clercq: Afternoon of a Faun, Althea, The Loving Story) combines these elements to create a portrait of one of the most accomplished, influential and socially conscious directors in the history of cinema. By Sidney Lumet reveals the spiritual and ethical lessons at the core of his work. First and foremost a storyteller, Lumet’s strongly moral tales capture the dilemmas and concerns of a society struggling with essentials: how does one behave to others and to oneself?

 Showings are available for 4:35 and 6:50.

In this clip from the film, Lumet discusses how the characters in Dog Day Afternoon drove the narrative of the film.