Lumet is a director worth remembering, not only for his screen work but for his writing about his work, which was also clear-eyed and impressive. I like every single movie that TCM is including in its tribute; I still remember seeing the relatively little-known "The Hill" at campus screenings in college. And there are still more Lumets worth revisiting, such as "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead," "The Verdict" and "Fail Safe."
The official word: Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will remember the extraordinary career of five-time Academy Award®-nominated director and 2005 honorary Oscar® winner Sidney Lumet on Thursday, April 21. The memorial tribute is set to begin at 8 p.m. (ET/PT) with Lumet’s outstanding jury-room drama 12 Angry Men (1957). The lineup will also include The Hill (1965), Dog Day Afternoon (1975), Network (1976) and an encore presentation of TCM’s Private Screenings: Sidney Lumet (2005), an in-dept conversation between Lumet and TCM host Robert Osborne.
The following is a complete schedule of TCM’s April 21 memorial tribute to Sidney Lumet (all times Eastern):
8 p.m. – 12 Angry Men (1957) – Sidney Lumet earned his first Best Director Oscar nomination for harrowing drama set in the confines of a sweltering jury-deliberation room. Henry Fonda stars as the lone holdout on a case everyone else considers cut-and-dried. The outstanding ensemble cast includes such well-known character actors as Martin Balsam, Lee J. Cobb, E.G. Marshall, Jack Klugman, Jack Warden and Ed Begley.
10 p.m. – Private Screenings: Sidney Lumet (2005) – Lumet sat down with TCM host Robert Osborne for this in-depth conversation about the director’s career.
11 p.m. – The Hill (1965) – Lumet’s stark realism highlights this story of a group of British soldiers incarcerated in an army prison in North Africa and put through the ringer by a tough warden. Sean Connery stars, along with Ian Bannen, Ossie Davis, Roy Kinnear and Michael Redgrave.
1:15 a.m. – Network (1976) – Lumet earned his third Oscar nomination for this brilliant satire of the television industry penned by Paddy Chayefsky. The story involves a crazed network newsman and the female exec determined to turn his outbursts into ratings gold. Oscar-winners Peter Finch and Faye Dunaway head up a cast that includes William Holden, Robert Duvall, Ned Beatty and Best Supporting Actress winner Beatrice Straight.
3:30 a.m. – Dog Day Afternoon (1975) – Lumet’s second Best Director Oscar nomination came for this satirical look at a bank robbery gone horribly wrong. Al Pacino stars as the head of a gang holding bank employees hostage. John Cazale co-stars as a fellow robber, with Charles Durning as the hostage negotiator. Frank Pierson’s iconic screenplay earned the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.
In addition to TCM’s on-air tribute to Lumet, the 2011 TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood will feature a special 35th anniversary screening of Network. The TCM Classic Film Festival takes place April 28-May 1.