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Director Sydney Lumet dies at 86
Sun, 10 Apr 2011 15:24:35 GMT
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Late American director Sidney Lumet, pictured in 2005 with his honorary Oscar
The veteran American filmmaker, producer and screenwriter, Sydney Lumet has died of lymphoma at the age of 86 in his home in Manhattan, New York.

Lumet's step-daughter Leslie Gimbel announced the director's death on Saturday, the state-funded BBC reported.

Hollywood stars such as Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese and Al Pacino have paid tribute to Lumet, who is best-known for his New York-based classics including 12 Angry Men.

Allen described Lumet as "definitely the quintessential New York film-maker," saying that he will have more energy dead than most live people."

"I'm constantly amazed at how many films of his prodigious output were wonderful and how many actors and actresses had their best work under his direction," he added.

Lumet directed more than 40 films, including Dog Day Afternoon, Network, and Serpico. His productions garnered 50 Oscar nominations.

Director Scorsese said Lumet was a "New York filmmaker at heart and our vision of the city has been enhanced and deepened” by his classics. Lumet's death he added marked "the end of an era."

Musician Quincy Jones, who scored music for some of Lumet's movies, described him as one of the most influential directors of his time.

"Sidney was a visionary film-maker whose movies made an indelible mark on our popular culture with their stirring commentary on our society,” he said.

"Future generations of film-makers will look to Sidney's work for guidance and inspiration but there will never be another who comes close to him."

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg reacted to Lumet's death, calling him "one of the great chroniclers of our city."

"While the goal of all movies is to entertain, the kind of film in which I believe goes one step further," The New York Times quoted Lumet as saying.

"It compels the spectator to examine one facet or another of his own conscience. It stimulates thought and sets the mental juices flowing."

Lumet is survived by his wife Mary, daughters Amy and Jenny Lumet, stepchildren Leslie and Bailey Gimbel, nine grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.

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