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Sidney Lumet

Sidney Lumet


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Also Known As: Died: April 9, 2011
Born: June 25, 1924 Cause of Death: Lymphoma
Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: Director ...


Comparing himself to another NYC filmmaker Woody Allen: "The world [Allen is] dealing with is really his own inner world. He is intensely self-involved and trying to figure out, 'why am I an unhappy Jew?' I'm not belittling that. But I, from that kind of New York left wing upbringing, I look at the outside for sources of unhappiness. Whatever I'm contributing to it from my own psyche I don't think is very interesting to anyone, because it's not very interesting to me." --Sidney Lumet in Daily News, May 19, 1997.

On a movie he might have made: "Well, I had 'The Last Temptation of Christ', Nikos Kazantzakis' book, under option for about three years, then dropped it. I couldn't get a deal on it anywhere. Then, of course, Marty [Scorsese] did it wonderfully. And all I could think of, with the attacks on Marty, a Catholic fellow, was, 'Thank God I didn't do it!' That's all they needed was a Jew to have directed it. There would have been blood on the street." --Sidney Lumet, The Hollywood Reporter New York Special Issue, June 10, 1997.

"My job is to care about and be responsible for every frame of every movie I make. I know that all over the world there are young people borrowing from relatives and saving their allowances to buy their first cameras and put together their first student movies, some of them dreaming of becoming famous and making a fortune. But a few are dreaming of finding out what matters to them, of saying to themselves and to anyone who will listen, 'I care.' A few of them want to make good movies." --Sidney Lumet writing in "Making Movies".

"It's not as if you're kidding anybody, it's out there and it's a stinker, and everybody can see it." Lumet also told Madison magazine: "[Directors] are capable of total self-deception. Especially since there can be 20 other motives for making the movie. Like, you want the money. About a movie, it's not a vision, it's work." --From "Page Six" in New York Post, February 23, 1999.

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