One of my favourite directors of all time sadly passed away yesterday at the age of 86. Sidney Lumet was a filmmaker whose genius extended to all facets of the filmmaking process. Across a career that spanned over half a century he made enough classic films for ten lifetimes, not just one. His most famous works include Dog Day Afternoon, The Verdict, Network, and Serpico. Most recently the director made the well-received Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead, which turns out to be his final feature film.
Personally, I’ll always remember him for making one of my favourite films – 12 Angry Men. This brilliant movie highlights the director’s wonderful skill at characterisation and drama. The entire film takes place in one room – Lumet’s skill is in making 12 characters sat around a table talking as exciting and enthralling as any film with a hundred locations and action set-pieces. The film will eventually appear in many top ten lists on this site but for now it sits at the top of two – Top 10 Single Location Films and Top 10 Films set in a day.