Sidney Lumet (born June 25, 1924) is an American film director, with over 50 films to his name, including 12 Angry Men (1957), Serpico (1973), Dog Day Afternoon (1975), Network (1976) and The Verdict (1982), all of which, except for Serpico (1973), earned him Academy Award nominations for Best Director.
According to The Encyclopedia of Hollywood, Lumet is one of the most prolific directors of the modern era making more than one movie per year on average since his directorial debut in 1957. He is especially noted for his ability to draw major actors to his projects. “Because of his visual economy, strong direction of actors, vigorous storytelling and use of the camera to accent themes,” states Turner Classic Movies. “Lumet produced a body of work that could only be defined as extraordinary.”
One of his steady themes during his career has been the “fragility of justice and the police and their corruption,” according to Thomson’s Biographical Dictionary of Film. He can deliver… read more
Some scenes of this film really pop, and the actors try valiantly to keep it afloat, but it is WAY to cerebral and talky for a film. The general point of this was quite clear in the first fifteen minutes, but the film runs on for nearly 2 1/2 hours. The eight monologues delivered directly to the audience are nearly incoherent. Overall, this was kind of a hot mess.
With the right director Burton could be a genius and here he is simply outstanding thanks to Lumet being one of the best director of actors.