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Identity, Lies, Music, and Love: A Conversation about Running on Empty for Bright Wall Dark Room

Chad Perman and I recently had an in-depth discussion about Sidney Lumet’s Running on Empty (an all-time favorite of mine, perpetually hovering around the ever-shifting Top 5) for the new issue of Bright Wall Dark Room (the theme of the … Continue reading

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May 2016 Viewing Diary

Supernatural, Season 3, Episode 5, “Bedtime Stories” (2007; d. Mike Rohl) So silly. Supernatural, Season 3, Episode 6, “Red Sky at Morning” (2007; d. Cliff Bole) I like this episode a lot. I don’t care that the SPN writers threw … Continue reading

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Sidney Lumet on Gena Rowlands

Gena Rowlands in “Opening Night” “The highest compliment I can pay to her–to anyone–is that the talent frightens me, making me aware of the lack of it in so many and the power that accrues to those who have it … Continue reading

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Sidney Lumet: Making Movies

Excerpts from Sidney Lumet’s classic handbook Making Movies: In Murder on the Orient Express, I wanted Ingrid Bergman to play the Russian Princess Dragomiroff. She wanted to play the retarded Swedish maid. I wanted Ingrid Bergman. I let her play … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Sidney Lumet. No Hyperbole Here.

In my years of writing publicly, I have learned to not fear hyperbole. “Hyperbole” is often used as a criticism by those who are embarrassed by deep feeling, or those who think “obsessions” are somewhat childish. I know when I’m … Continue reading

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Quotes on acting 10: Sidney Lumet on Ingrid Bergman

“In Murder on the Orient Express, I wanted Ingrid Bergman to play the Russian Princess Dragomiroff. She wanted to play the retarded Swedish maid. I wanted Ingrid Bergman. I let her play the maid. She won an Academy Award. I … Continue reading

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Quotes on acting 6: Sidney Lumet

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The Verdict: “Maybe, maybe…”

Marvelous appreciation of one small moment in The Verdict by Stephen Metcalf. But the scene I kept coming back to sets up the whole film. It’s hardly noticeable. Newman is intent on bedding a fellow barfly played by Charlotte Rampling. … Continue reading

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“I was a director for hire. I needed the job.”

Joe Valdez has another movie review up – and this time it’s about one of my favorites: Robert Altman’s The Player. I did not know that Sidney Lumet was originally attached as a director, and that Robert Altman did the … Continue reading

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The Pawnbroker: Rod Steiger’s Closeup

Evocative frightening stills from a TERRIFIC movie. Wrenching. Makes me remember Rod Steiger’s closeup at the end of the film and think I should have written about that for Matt’s Close-up Blog-a-Thon. If you’ve seen the movie, you’ll immediately know … Continue reading

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