Sidney Lumet, Political Jew

  title={Sidney Lumet, Political Jew},
  author={Vincent Brook},
  journal={Jewish Film \& New Media: An International Journal},
  pages={20 - 43}
  • V. Brook
  • Published 1 April 2013
  • Art
  • Jewish Film & New Media: An International Journal
Just as Jews have been drawn disproportionately to progressive political and cultural movements, Jewish American filmmakers have played a seminal role in movies that deal with social issues. Among these directors, none has been more closely aligned than Sidney Lumet with a cinema dominated by “a deep and abiding commitment to social justice.” The Jewish aspect is magnified by Lumet’s unsurpassed number of Jewish-themed films—The Pawnbroker (1965), Bye Bye Braverman (1968), Just Tell Me What You… 


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