Following his successful stage-to-screen adaptations A View from the Bridge and Long Day’s Journey into Night, Lumet turned his attention to Chekhov’s masterpiece of messy romantic triangles. Filmed in Sweden with an all-star international cast, the film stars Simone Signoret as the grande dame ‘Irina Nikolayevna Arkadina,’ who arrives at her brother’s country estate in the company of her lover, the suave novelist ‘Trigorin’ (a superb James Mason). David Warner is Irina’s sensitive playwright son, ‘Konstantin,’ who pines for the affections of beautiful neighbor ‘Nina’ (the radiant Vanessa Redgrave), even as she grows closer to Trigorin. —Film Society of Lincoln Center
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