THE PAWNBROKER
1965, Paramount, 119 min, USA, Dir: Sidney Lumet

Rod Steiger is the pawnbroker of the title, an emotionally constricted Holocaust survivor whose efforts to cut himself off from others are severely tested.


NETWORK
1976, MGM Repertory, 120 min, USA, Dir: Sidney Lumet

Director Sidney Lumet helmed this vitriolic dissection of network television from Paddy Chayefsky’s Oscar-winning script. Peter Finch won a posthumous Oscar as Best Actor for his performance as Howard Beale, the fired news anchorman who goes "mad as hell" on nationwide TV. Faye Dunaway (Oscar winner for Best Actress) is the new creative honcho who angles to exploit Beale’s madness to boost ratings.


12 ANGRY MEN
1957, MGM Repertory, 96 min, USA, Dir: Sidney Lumet

Reginald Rose’s 1954 “Studio One” teleplay is brought to the screen by director Sidney Lumet (NETWORK, DOG DAY AFTERNOON) in his behind-the-camera debut. Henry Fonda produces and stars as Juror No. 8, the lone holdout in a racially charged jury deliberation. The all-male cast includes stunning performances by Jack Klugman, Lee J. Cobb (as Fonda’s No. 1 foil), E.G. Marshall, Robert Webber, Jack Warden and Ed Begley Sr. Nominated for three Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director. A near-perfect film, a true American masterpiece, championed by wonderful characters and dialogue. Joseph Sweeney and Voskovec reprise their roles from the 1954 TV broadcast.


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