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The Essential Films of Sidney Lumet

Sidney Lumet 1924 - 2011
Sidney Lumet, one of the greatest directors of all time passed away today at the age of 86.  Reports point to lymphoma being the cause of death.  
Lumet was a master of his craft, and became known for directing many films with strong social messages.  What made him different was that he was able to deliver these messages in the form of incredibly entertaining, and oftentimes suspenseful films.
He wrote:  “While the goal of all movies is to entertain, the kind of film in which I believe goes one step further. It compels the spectator to examine one facet or another of his own conscience. It stimulates thought and sets the mental juices flowing.”
Lumet's films total have been nominated for over 40 Academy Awards, and he himself was nominated for Best Director on four seperate occasions (though he never won.)  In 2005, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences awarded him with an honorary Academy Award for his entire body of work.  At the time he said: …