By Sidney Lumet (2015)


“I’m not directing the moral message. I’m directing that piece, and those people. And if I do it well, the moral message will come through.” – Sidney Lumet

Number of Times Seen – 1 (7 Jul 2020)

Brief Synopsis – Documentary where the famed director Sidney Lumet was interviewed about his career and how it has affected the world of cinema.

My Take on it – This is another documentary that I’ve been interested in seeing because I have always been such a fan of the work of Sidney Lumet.

This film is able to give us so much insight into the life and work of this visionary director.

Getting to listen to his opinions on so many movie related topics is so enjoyable because it adds so much to what we already know about him and the industry itself.

The various themes that he discusses are quite fascinating to hear about from the perspective of someone who was so influential to the field of movie making.

This film is mostly a very long interview that chronicles his entire life and career and being able to see this all with a front row seat is amazing since we get to learn about the different kinds of methods he used in his craft in order to make his film’s even more powerful and realistic.

He never was willing to compromise on the quality of his storytelling and that shows here.

In addition to watching him discuss his career, we get to see clips from some of the scenes in his films that deal with the topics he discusses and this helps make things even more powerful to watch because they add a punch to the impact of it all.

Love the way that this film tries to understand all of the various elements in his life that helped bring him to this profession despite it never being his original goal.

The final ten minutes or so of this film is an interview with Treat Williams who worked with Lumet and in this segment we get an understanding of how actors dealt with the various directing methods that Lumet utilized.

This helps make everything we heard beforehand even more poignant because it allows us to see how Lumet actually used his craft from a different perspective.

Bottom Line – Amazing film that gives us so much insight into this visionary director’s work and life.   Listening to this man’s opinions on his work and the industry in general is quite fascinating and I’m so glad that I finally got to see this. We get a front row seat to learning about the various methods that he used during his films in order to help make things even more powerful in the finished product because he never allowed things to get in the way of quality. The film integrates scenes from some of his films that add so much more of a punch to the way that they tell this story and his life and profession.  The film delves into the various things in his life that helped catapult him into this career that he never intended to enter.   The last ten minutes of the film is dedicated to an interview with Williams which adds even more insight into the way that Lumet directed his films from an actor’s perspective and helps make everything that proceeds it even more poignant than it already was.  Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – According to The Encyclopedia of Hollywood Lumet was one of the most prolific filmmakers of the modern era, directing more than one movie a year on average since his directorial debut in 1957. (From Wikipedia)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)

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