Sidney Lumet, the acclaimed New York filmmaker and four times Oscar nominee, has passed away at the age of 86, reports the Associated Press. Sidney Lumet died on Saturday (9th April 20110) after a battle with cancer.
Lumet was nominated unsuccessfully for the 'Best Director' Academy Award on four separate occasions. His movies, which include 'Dog Day Afternoon', inspired a generation of budding filmmakers, including Woody Allen and Martin Scorsese. The latter has paid tribute to Lumet, saying, "The death of Sidney Lumet really marks the end of an era. I admire so many of his movies. He had a unique gift with actors, an unusually dynamic feeling for drama, and a powerful sense of place, of the world of the picture". Scorsese was ignored by 'The Academy' for almost four decades before eventually triumphing in 2007 when he won 'Best Director' for his drama 'The Departed'. Al Pacino, who starred in Lumet's 'Dog Day Afternoon' also shared his memories of the filmmaker, saying. "He leaves a great legacy, but more than that, to the people close to him, he will remain the most civilized of humans and the kindest man I have ever known".
Sidney Lumet may be best remembered for his 1976 drama 'Network', about a frustrated television anchor, played by Peter Finch, who struggles with his flagging career and eventually goes mad on the air.