“Sidney Lumet was one of the greatest directors in the long history of film.” Spielberg told The Hollywood Reporter in a statement of the Dog Day Afternoon director. “Compelling stories and unforgettable performances were his strong suit. ”
“From his first feature in 1957, Twelve Angry Men, to his last feature fifty years later, Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, Sidney Lumet experienced filmmaking with a never-wavering enthusiasm for the form, the technology and perhaps most of all, a true respect for the actor,” DGA president Taylor Hackford said in a statement.
Many other stars took to Twitter to remember the director’s 50-year-long career.
“Sidney Lumet: In Memory. My obituary and tribute,” posted Roger Ebert.
“RIP Sidney Lumet. I played Juror 6 in 12 Angry Men on stage in Chicago for a year. We studied his film. He was a great director,” wrote Jon Favreau.
“RIP Sidney Lumet. If “The Verdict” is on TV, I cancel all other plans,” added Seth Meyers.
“RIP sydney lumet, he was a true master! if you haven’t read his book, MAKING MOVIES, it is a MUST for anyone interested in filmmaking,” said Zooey Deschanel.
“RIP Sidney Lumet. One of our Great American Filmmakers. Had the pleasure of meeting a few times. His brilliant films will live on forever!” Tweeted Ralph Macchio.