Since 1957, Sidney Lumet, the most prolific American director of his generation, has deepened audiences' awareness of social, ethical, and feminist issues through such distinguished films as12 Angry Men, The Verdict, Running on Empty, andCritical Care. Especially praised for his literary adaptations -- includingLong Day's Journey into NightandMurder on the Orient Express-- Lumet has also directed such trenchant urban films asDog Day Afternoon, Serpico,andNetwork.
In this new edition Frank Cunningham expands his analysis of Lumet's earlier films and examines his most recent work, fromA Stranger Among Us(1992) toGloria(1999). Also new to this edition are discussions of five other films, includingThe Appointment, Murder on the Orient Express, andRunning on Empty. Cunningham studies in depth over thirty of Lumet's most significant films and surveys other films and the television productions to reveal their enduring artistic and humanistic importance.