"If Lumet is not among the most famous of American directors, that is only because he ranges so widely he cannot be categorized. Few filmmakers have been so consistently respectful of the audience's intelligence." — Roger Ebert
Film scholar and educator Ted Walch presents the films of Sidney Lumet.
Mr. Walch's film series are a perennial favorite in the Starlight Room. He returns to celebrate the work of Sidney Lumet. Beginning with Lumet’s inaugural masterpiece 12 ANGRY MEN, Walch will turn to Lumet’s greatest achievement, NETWORK, and he will conclude with his favorite, the unsung RUNNING ON EMPTY. In each instance Lumet, who despised the word auteur, honors the work of the writer — Reginald Rose for 12 ANGRY MEN, Paddy Chayevsky for NETWORK, and Naomi Foner for RUNNING ON EMPTY. Each film suits its style to the story and not the story to the style. Each film is a sublime collaboration by a deeply professional director who always took charge by taking a back seat.
12 ANGRY MEN: Following the closing arguments in a murder trial, the 12 members of the jury must deliberate, with a guilty verdict meaning death for the accused, an inner-city teen. As the dozen men try to reach a unanimous decision while sequestered in a room, one juror (Henry Fonda) casts considerable doubt on elements of the case. Personal issues soon rise to the surface, and conflict threatens to derail the delicate process that will decide one boy's fate. 95 min.
Other films in this series: NETWORK (1976)
Saturday, March 30, 3:15 p.m.
RUNNING ON EMPTY (1988)
Sunday, March 31, 12:00 p.m.