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Prince of New York City

The late director Sidney Lumet had a feel for the place and its people

Al Pacino, who starred in Sidney Lumet’s “Dog Day Afternoon’’ and “Serpico,’’ presented the director with an honorary Oscar in 2005. Al Pacino, who starred in Sidney Lumet’s “Dog Day Afternoon’’ and “Serpico,’’ presented the director with an honorary Oscar in 2005. (Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press/File)
By Wesley Morris
Globe Staff / April 12, 2011
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Sidney Lumet’s chief preoccupation wasn’t art. It was right and wrong in the American city, nearly always in New York. Lumet died Saturday morning. He was 86, and made his first film in 1957, in his early 30s, after having spent most of the 1950s directing television — serious television. That first movie was “12 Angry Men,’’ and has there ...

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