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Three good examples of Lumet's talent, although I'm not a tremendous fan of "The Verdict" aside from Paul Newman's performance. Lumet wasn't an auteur director in the sense of having an identifiable style, but when working with a good script and good actors, he was one of the best. This really comes through in a film of his that should be better known, his 1962 version of Eugene O'Neil's "Long Day's Journey into Night." It's one of the best film versions of a great play I've ever seen, right up there with "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and has what is for me Katharine Hepburn's greatest straight dramatic performance.
*sigh* and I've only gone and left my copy of 12 Angry Men at my grandparents' house.
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