A couple of weeks ago, we lost one of the longest-revered American directors around, Sidney Lumet, whose directorial career opened with a bang with 1957’s beloved 12 Angry Men, and ended fifty years later with the acclaimed crime drama Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead. With the help of regular SoS columnist and all-around authority Bill Mesce, we take on three of Lumet’s better-known films, having already discussed Network and Dog Day Afternoon on previous episodes: 1964’s The Pawnbroker, with Rod Steiger as a distraught Holocaust survivor; 1973’s Serpico, starring Al Pacino as the real-life NYC cop; and 1982’s The Verdict, with Paul Newman in an unusually grimy capacity as an alcoholic lawyer with a belated shot at redemption.
New York State of Mind (instrumental) – Nas
Believer – John Maus
Serpico Theme – Mikis Theodoarkis
Lay Down in the Tall Grass – Timber Timbre