Connery’s insubordinate inmate was his first mustachioed role, designed to distance himself from Bond. A WWII British military stockade sits in the middle of the North African desert. To enforce discipline, chief jailer Harry Andrews allows the sadist Ian Hendry to run “offenders” up a manmade hill-in full pack, under the midday sun. Sidney Lumet’s filming with successively wider-angled lenses turned a hard-hitting prison drama into a visual tour-de-force. With Ossie Davis, Ian Bannen and Sir Michael Redgrave. Best Screenplay, Cannes Festival. –AFI
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
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