I don't have the time for a real essay right now, so I'll just post a few thoughts.
12 Angry Men. Is there anything wrong with this film at all? Does it not achieve everything it set out to do? Can anyone name a more accomplished, thoughtful, well acted, meaningful and social conscious debut feature? 33 year-old Sidney Lumet had directed a number of TV movies, but to ba handed this gem of a script and a cast including: Henry Fonda, Marty Balsam, Lee J. Cobb, E.G. Marshall, Jack Klugman, Jack Warden (a Lumet regular for years), Ed Begley and Robert Webber!
Dog Day Afternoon.
The Fugitive Kind.
The Anderson Tapes.
Murder on the Orient Express.
Shall I go on?
A legend, still directing in his 81st year! We should all of us be so lucky! Well, except maybe not Joel Schumacher....