Network (1976)

Dogged Defiance: Sidney Lumet

4 Tuesdays, June 6 to June 27, 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Instructor: Andrew J. Douglas, Ph.D., Director of Education, BMFI
Location: Multimedia Room
Cost: $100 for members, $125 for non-members. To register for this class, please call (610) 527-4008 x108

In a career that spanned more than fifty years, Philadelphia-born Sidney Lumet defied genre boundaries, resisted Hollywood's edict of moral simplicity, and silenced the chorus of critics that claimed his best work was behind him when he made 2007's Before the Devil Knows You're Dead. He directed it all: courtroom dramas (The Verdict); Motown musicals (The Wiz); tales of big-city corruption (Prince of the City); literary adaptations (of work by Eugene O'Neill, Anton Chekov, Agatha Christie, and others); and heist movies (Dog Day Afternoon).

Over the course of these and the other forty diverse films on his résumé, Lumet worked with a variety of settings, genres, and source material. Yet, what remained decidedly constant over time was his depiction of, in the words of one film historian, "the quintessential hero acting in defiance of peer group authority and asserting his own code of moral values."

Join us to explore a small but potent sampling of Lumet's work, including his debut film, 12 Angry Men (1957), as well as Dog Day Afternoon (1975) and Network (1976), and learn why he has been called "a master of the morally complex American drama."

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  • Tuesday, June 27
    6:30pm 2017-06-27 18:30:00 2017-06-27 21:30:00 America/New_York Dogged Defiance: Sidney Lumet Bryn Mawr Film Institute, Bryn Mawr, PA