11 April 2011

Sidney Lumet, the prolific director of tomorrow night's Classic Tuesday screening 12 Angry Men, died on Saturday aged 86. During his career, Lumet directed theatre, television and film, and will be remembered as,

'a liberal director who was sympathetic to actors, loved words and worked quickly. For the bulk of his career, he averaged a film a year, earning four Oscar nominations along the way for best director, for 12 Angry Men, Dog Day Afternoon (1975), Network (1976) and The Verdict (1982).'
Guardian, 10 April 

12 Angry Men
The fate of a young boy on trial for his father's murder lies in the hands of twelve men locked in a room on the hottest day of the year. The sentence is death and their verdict must be unanimous. As eleven of the reluctant jurors settle on guilty, one man (Henry Fonda) challenges their prejudices, unpicks the details of the crime and ultimately  reminds them of their power over one boy's life. This screening is a classic example of low-budget, independent film and also a celebration of the life and work of the wonderful Sidney Lumet.  

Buy your tickets and watch the trailer here. 

See Lumet talk about his classic courtroom drama 12 Angry Men in the video below: