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Remembering Sidney Lumet: his advice to aspiring directors - EMMYTVLEGENDS.ORG

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Published on Apr 9, 2011

From his 1999 Archive of American Television interview. See Sidney Lumet's full interview at http://emmytvlegends.org/interviews/p...

Full interview description:
Sidney Lumet was interviewed for three-hours in New York, NY. Mr. Lumet spoke of his work as an actor on the stage before he became a director in television. He recalled his work on the television series Danger(1950-55), and You Are There(1953-57) both "live" dramatic shows of the time. He discussed the use of blacklisted writers on these shows and how the material they wrote often reflected the era of McCarthyism. He also discussed other television dramatic anthology series he directed for including Omnibus, Goodyear Playhouse, The Alcoa Hour, Studio One, and Kraft Television Theatre. He described his direction of the well-known television special The Sacco-Vanzetti Story and The Play of the Week: "The Iceman Cometh" both of which aired in 1960. He spoke of his transition to a feature film director with "12 Angry Men" in 1957 and his work on such other feature films as the Paddy Chayefsky's satire, "Network" (1976). The interview was conducted by Dr. Ralph Engleman on October 28, 1999.

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