Sidney Lumet Quotes

Who was Sidney Lumet?

Director Sidney Lumet made several classic movies including 12 Angry Men, Network, Dog Day Afternoon and Serpico both starring Al Pacino and Murder on the Orient Express based on the novel by Agatha Christie. His final movie was Before the Devil Knows You're Dead starring the great and late Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Born June 25, 1924
Died April 9, 2011
Aged 86 years old

Books by Sidney Lumet

Best 9 Quotes by Sidney Lumet

“All great work is preparing yourself for the accident to happen.”

“Don't let the difficulty of actually achieving a shot make you think that the shot is good.”

“For any director with a little lucidity, masterpieces are films that come to you by accident.”

“There's no such thing as a small part. There are just small actors.”

Making Movies Quotes

“All good work requires self-revelation.”

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“Everything becomes creative if the person doing the job is.”

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“Good style, to me, is unseen style.”

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“In drama, the characters should determine the story. In melodrama, the story determines the characters.”

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“The word ‘actress' or ‘authoress' always struck me as condescending. A doctor's a doctor, right? So I've always referred to ‘actors' and ‘writers,' regardless of their sex.”

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