By Sidney Lumet

1 h 49 min2015ALL
In a never-before-seen interview filmed a few years before his death, Sidney Lumet, the director of such film classics as "Dog Day Afternoon," "Serpico," "12 Angry Men" and Network," guides us through his life and work.
Nancy Buirski
Sidney Lumet
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Scott BerrieNancy BuirskiChris DonellyJoshua A. GreenThane RosenbaumRobin Yigit Smith
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C. C. BlackReviewed in the United States on September 5, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Light on Lumet
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Lumet was one of America's consistently finest and most prolific film directors. Thank heavens the Academy graced him with an end-of-career, honorary Oscar while he was still alive to enjoy it, after having been passed over so many times. This is an interesting documentary because its subject speaks so engagingly and thoughtfully about his movies. Although he takes us back to his formative experience as a child actor during the Depression, the emphasis is on his mature point of view and attitude toward his subject matter, illustrated by clips. You won't learn anything about his technique or craft; for that, read his "Making Movies," which Ebert called the best book he knew about how movies are actually made. I have docked one star only because I left this documentary feeling as though it were not as complete or well organized as it could have been. It has an eclectic, somewhat scatter-shot quality that left me slightly dissatisfied, wanting to know more in detail and in scope. Still, if you like movies, it's 110 minutes well spent. If you like Lumet's movies, you should't miss it.
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Perry L. MarrsReviewed in the United States on December 18, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Not enough of Sidney!
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This video is an endless series of clips from Lumet's brilliant films--all of which I have seen--occasionally punctuated with a few words from the master himself. If, as did I, you want to actually see an in-depth interview with Lumet, you will have to look elsewhere.
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A. Film LoverReviewed in the United States on July 28, 2017
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A Wonderful Visit
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A wonderful look at Sidney Lumet and his films. Just Sidney, talking and reminiscing about his extraordinary career. And thank goodness for that. No dopey talking heads of pontificating critics, co-workers, actors - just the guy who made the films in his singular fashion. It's never boring, never overstays its welcome. The only caveat and it's a tiny one is why the clips look so bad - mostly all these films have superior hi-def transfers but it sure doesn't look like they were used for this. But, Sidney's the thing, and if you love film and specifically his films, you really need to see this.
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PfeffReviewed in the United States on August 6, 2019
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Very revealing!!
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This is a great watch for those seeking to get to know Lumet. The only drawback is his veiled love of Communism - which he denied... but, it is obvious he's not merely an apologist for Leftist totalitarianism, but, coopts his heritage and the false morality of the tyrannical Left to support such a rancid political ideology. But, that aside, he is an engaging personality.
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RARA AVISReviewed in the United States on July 13, 2020
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A wonderful look at a life that impacted us all through film. Lumet told a brilliant story of the influences, experiences and foundation on which his career is based. Powerful man who directed powerful movies.
joanReviewed in the United States on July 12, 2019
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One of the best directors ever
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Lumet was one of the best directors Hollywood ever produced. When I think he never won one on his own I'm astonished. He made so many of my favorite films with actors I love to watch. Paul Newman and Philip Seymour Hoffmann being only two of my favorites. I spent many an enjoyable hour watching these films. If movies with a message are your thing them Lumet is your man.
JoeReviewed in the United States on December 31, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
A must watch for film buffs
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Basically Sidney Lumet tells his life story and philosophy, intercut with many of his iconic films. The pacing is great and it doesn't drag.
Just loved it.
LeaReviewed in the United States on January 2, 2020
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Never knew this much about the great director. Thrilled Prime video is offering documentaries like these.
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