By Missy Schwartz
April 09, 2011 at 11:45 PM EDT

Al Pacino, the star of two of Sidney Lumet’s best movies, Serpico and Dog Day Afternoon, released this statement to EW about the director, who died Saturday at the age of 86: “Sidney Lumet will be remembered for his films. He leaves a great legacy, but more than that, to the people close to him, he will remain the most civilized of humans and the kindest man I have ever known. This is a great loss.”

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Sidney Lumet Talks About His Oscar-Nominated Films (from EW archive, January 2008)

 

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