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'By Sidney Lumet' documentary features influential filmmaker in his own words




Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne (R) participates in a conversation with Director Sidney Lumet after a screening of Lumet's movie Network.
Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne (R) participates in a conversation with Director Sidney Lumet after a screening of Lumet's movie Network.
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In a never-before-seen interview conducted a few years before his death, the influential filmmaker Sidney Lumet opens up about what guided his art and his social conscience.

The Lumet film canon includes "Serpico," "Dog Day Afternoon," "12 Angry Men," and "Network" - each using powerful drama and wild entertainment to reveal humanity and morality. Peabody and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Nancy Buirski (Afternoon of a Faun, The Loving Story) presents an intimate portrait of Lumet.

With his typical candor, humor and grace, he reveals what mattered to him as an artist and a human being. What is important to you about Lumet’s films?

Guests:

Nancy Buirski, Director of the new documentary “By Sidney Lumet”

Peter Rainer, Film Critic for KPCC and the Christian Science Monitor

Peter Rainer is presenting a screening of "L.A. Confidential" this Saturday night Nov. 5, 2016,  at 7 p.m. at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica. The screening is part of a tribute to the National Society of Film Critics on its 50th Anniversary, and a tribute to the director, Curtis Hanson, who passed away last September.