Sidney Lumet praised the beauty of modern technology and his favorite filmmaking techniques like the one he used in his latest film “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead” during Variety’s Screening Series Monday at the Fine Arts Theater. “We’re so used to that film look. The grain. I heard a filmmaker say they miss the grain. Miss the grain? All these years you were complaining about the grain. Now it’s gone and you miss it?”
”What you hope for is the lucky accidents, “ he explained. “There is a scene in this movie when Philip Seymour Hoffman is sitting in the car that’s a great example of this. In one moment he reveals his character’s entire history. One moment. One scene. It was some of the most profound acting I’ve ever seen.”
Hoffman, who plays Andrew Hanson in the pic, was there to introduce the film before being whisked away to another engagement.
“This film is an homage to the beautiful city of New York. It means so much to me,” the Oscar-winner said.
After the credits rolled and the lights came back on, however, the evening belonged to legendary “Dog Day Afternoon” director, who, like Hoffman, sang Gotham’s praises.
“Paris is Paris and Rome is Rome. But in New York,the city will take you anywhere you want to go. It’s truly a beautiful thing.”
When asked whether or not he had considered retiring any time soon, Lumet simply shook his head.
“You just can’t stop”