Yes, movie bloggers and fans, it’s time for another movie blogathon! This summer, after being asked to participate in FilmScoreHunter’s Mel Brooks Blogathon (for which I wrote this article), I decided to host a blogathon of my own honoring quirky director Wes Anderson. That effort was a huge success, with no less than eight bloggers, myself included, contributing some great articles, reviews and analyses. I want to do it again, so I’ve decided to host a second movie blogathon, this one focusing on the very extensive body of work by Sidney Lumet.
Lumet was one of the great workhorse directors of the film business between the 1950s and the 2000s. Based primarily in New York City, which was also the setting (and subject) of many of his films, Lumet was one of the few great directors who emerged into movies from the medium of television where he got his start in the early days. His breakthrough picture, Twelve Angry Men (1957), was a classic courtroom drama that cemented Lumet’s reputation as a no-nonsense director of great actors dealing with important emotional, legal and societal themes. Lumet continued his amazing streak through the succeeding decades with all manner of hard-hitting films in numerous genres, from the nuclear war thriller Fail-Safe (1964), dark police story Serpico (1973) and classic Agatha Christie mystery Murder on the Orient Express (1974), to the brutal TV satire Network (1976), courtroom drama The Verdict (1982) and his final film, Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead (2007). All in all he had over 50 films to his credit by the time he died in 2011.
So, movie bloggers, start watching, writing and thinking about Sidney Lumet’s amazing and versatile films, what you see in them and what you think all of us should see in them. From October 2 through 9, 2016, post on your own blog an article about a Sidney Lumet-directed film, and I’ll link it here and also promote it through my Twitter account. Use the hashtag #SidneyLumetBlogathon and you may save and use the banners at the bottom of this article on your own social media to promote the event. The best blogs–possibly all of them, depending on how many there are–I’ll reblog here on SeanMunger.com. I love to see meaty, in-depth analyses of the films, their themes and what Sidney Lumet brought to the table, as opposed to simply a review of a particular film.
Selecting a movie to blog about: The list of Sidney Lumet’s films is very long, and I don’t have the room to list them all here. Go to this link at Wikipedia and you can find a full list of his directorial credits, stretching from 1957 to 2007. Post in the comments to this article the film you want to do and I’ll reserve it for you. I would like to do, on my own blog, analyses of my two favorite Lumet films, Network (1976) and Deathtrap (1982). But if anyone wants to do one of those, I’ll be willing to reserve an additional spot (one each, first come first served) for those movies.
So let’s have some fun, dust off those DVDs or your Netflix streaming list, and get into the mind and work of one of America’s most interesting directors. I look forward to reading your articles in October!
The Fugitive Kind (1959)
The Deadly Affair (1967)
The Offence (1972)
Prince of the City (1981)