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Sidney Lumet: New York's Quintessential Director

Sidney Lumet is known as one of the finest directors in the history of American cinema. From 12 Angry Men to Dog Day Afternoon, nearly all of the 44 films he directed during his lifetime are now considered classics. Yet his greatest legacy may be the innovative way in which he utilized locations as characters in his films. Lumet especially loved to set his films in New York City and to infuse his movies with the City’s intensity and grit. In this course, we will view Lumet’s classics, such as The Verdict, Network, Dog Day Afternoon, and The Pawnbroker, as well as some of his lesser-known works, and discuss how and why he became known as New York’s quintessential director.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Familiarity with the films and legacy of Sidney Lumet
  • Increased cultural literacy

Ideal for

  • All members of the community—working, retired, and in-between
  • Professionals who use critical thinking
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