<a class="postlink" href="http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20110409/en_nm/us_lumet_death" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;">http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20110409/en_ ... umet_death</a> Tragic news; my favorite director of all time, and a huge personal inspiration, who directed an excellent picture as recently as 2007 ("Before the Devil Knows You're Dead), died today at 86. If you've never seen Lumet's films, (12 Angry Men, Network, Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon, etc.) the man despised "artistic" shots and pretension. His films had limited action scenes, and many took place entirely within the confines of a few small rooms. It's merely characters conversing with one another, nothing more. Yet, there was no director in history better at either writing or presenting dialogue. His films are incredibly absorbing, shocking, and brutally real. In addition to being wildly entertaining, they were intelligent and multi-layered. He is most famous for his gritty crime and court films, but he also directed "The Wiz", starring Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, and Richard Pryor, a 70's black musical adaptation of "The Wizard of Oz". And guess what? That was good, too. Focus- Discuss the man and his works.