Sidney Lumet

The Actor’s Director


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About the Book

Punctilious to a fault, Sidney Lumet favored intense rehearsal, which enabled him to bring in most of his films under budget and under schedule. An energized director who captured the heart of New York like no other, he created a vast canon of work that stands as a testament to his passionate concern for justice and his great empathy for the hundreds of people with whom he collaborated during a career that spanned more than five decades. This is the first full-scale biography of a man who is generally regarded as one of the most affable directors of his time. Using the oral testimonies of those who worked with him both behind and in front of the camera, this book explores Lumet’s personality and working methods.

About the Author(s)

Author and critic Aubrey Malone has written many books on cinema. He lives in Dublin, Ireland.

Bibliographic Details

Aubrey Malone
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 220
Bibliographic Info: 59 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2020
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7553-4
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3673-3
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments  vi
Introduction  1
Beginnings  7
Moving to the Big Screen  17
On the Wing  28
Peaks and Valleys  37
That Vision Thing  51
Chameleon  61
Misfires  72
Pacino on the Double  81
The Mad Prophet  98
Workaholic  114
Mixed Grills  132
To Hollywood—Finally  150
Crime and Punishment  167
Final Surge  181
Chapter Notes  195
Bibliography  206
Index  209