The clip above features Peter Finch’s explosive “mad as hell” speech from Sidney Lumet’s Network (1976). It is as relevant today as it was 35 years ago, if not more so — just like its director.
In this this recent interview, Mr. Lumet, who also brought us such classics as 12 Angry Men, Serpico, The Verdict, and Dog Day Afternoon, speaks about his legacy, his career, and the city that was the setting for so many of his great films. He died yesterday of lymphoma at his home in Manhattan.
Sheerly Avni is a San Francisco-based arts and culture writer. Her work has appeared in Salon, LA Weekly, Mother Jones, and many other publications. You can follow her on twitter at @sheerly.
We love you sidney!
I can’t think of New York movies without Lumet. So many great ones, but the best one that people aren’t so quick to mention is PRINCE OF THE CITY.