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PICTURES OF LOSS: RUNNING ON EMPTY, directed by Sidney Lumet

If I told you I was writing about movies that have meant something to me after my father died, you probably wouldn’t blink if I said that Hereafter and The Darjeeling Limited were among my choices. You might have even thought of them yourself. But Running on Empty? Don’t humor me—you wouldn’t have thought of it in a million years. After all, no one dies (on screen) in Running on Empty. The film does not take bereavement as its subject as the other two do. And yet every time I watch it now it reminds me of my father.
  • By Peter Tonguette
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  • November 23, 2011 3:06 AM
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DEEP FOCUS: Sidney Lumet's PRINCE OF THE CITY (1981)

"Prince of the City" was released on August 19, 1981. Like so many of Sidney Lumet's movies, this one lives and breathes New York City, showing us everything from tenements to court rooms and everyone from drug addicts to district attorneys. The film has well over a hundred speaking roles and what I would consider one of the best casting of authentic New Yorkers in film, mixing professional and non-professional actors throughout. The look and feel of the movie would influence many films and television shows in subsequent decades, ones that strove for realism and a more procedural approach to the cop genre. One of those shows, "Law & Order", even used one of the film's most prominent cast members, Jerry Orbach.
  • By Steven Santos
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  • August 15, 2011 11:00 AM
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