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National Museum of American Jewish History
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$125/$100 BMFI & NMAJH Members
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101 South Independence Mall East
Philadelphia, PA 19106
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The National Museum of American Jewish History’s mission is to present educational programs and experiences that preserve, explore and celebrate the history of Jews in America. Our purpose is to connect Jews more closely to their heritage and to

Dogged Defiance: Sidney Lumet

April 30, 2013 10:30 AM

$125/$100 BMFI & NMAJH Members
Purchase tickets here

Presented with Bryn Mawr Film Institute 

In a career that spanned more than fifty years, Philadelphia-born Sidney Lumet defied genre boundaries, resisted Hollywood's edict of moral simplicity, and silenced the chorus of critics that claimed his best work was behind him by making 2007's Before the Devil Knows You're Dead. He directed it all: courtroom dramas (The Verdict); Motown musicals (The Wiz); tales of big-city corruption (Prince of the City); literary adaptations (of work by Eugene O'Neill, Anton Chekov, Agatha Christie, and others); and heist movies (Dog Day Afternoon).

Over the course of these and the other forty diverse films on his résumé, Lumet worked with a variety of settings, genres, and source material, but what remained decidedly constant over time is his depiction of, in the words of one film historian, "the quintessential hero acting in defiance of peer group authority and asserting his own code of moral values."

Join us to explore a small sampling of Lumet's work, including his debut film, 12 Angry Men (1957), as well as The Pawnbroker (1964) and Network (1976), and learn why he was called "a master of the morally complex American drama."

Instructor: Andrew J. Douglas, Ph.D., Director of Education, BMFI.

This 4-week class begins April 9 and meets at the Museum on Tuesdays.

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