Sydney Lumet, one of Hollywood’s most productive and famous auteurs, passed away at his Manhattan home early Saturday morning from lymphoma. Lumet directed 72 films in his lifetime, ranging from such classics as 12 Angry Men, Dog Day Afternoon, Serpico, and Network. His final film was 2007’s Before the Devil Knows Your Dead starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman.
What can be said about Lumet that hasn’t already been said? He was one of the most committed men in Hollywood. Even in his 80’s, Lumet was still working hard making movie. That kind of passion very rarely comes around. And the fact that almost 3/4 of those films are fantastic is a testament to his genius. He was one of Hollywood’s greatest talents, and he will be missed.