Film critic David Thomson reviews the career of director Sidney Lumet, who will be awarded an Honorary Oscar on February 27, in The Independent. Lumet, the director of Dog Day Afternoon, Serpico, and Network, has received four nominations for Best Director, and no wins; he's the rare American filmmaker to come to prominence in the 1970s who doesn't carry the auteurist cult of personality from film to film. Thomson calls Lumet a quintessentially "New York film-maker", and blames his lack of recognition on "the absence of some uncontrollable passion". He also takes a closer look at Lumet's acheivements with actors, and his obsession with police.

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