Sidney Lumet, the award-winning director of such acclaimed films as "Network," "Serpico," "Dog Day Afternoon" and "12 Angry Men," died on Saturday, the New York Times said.
Lumet was 86, he died of lymphoma at his home in Manhattan, the newspaper said, citing his stepdaughter.
The director, whose film career spanned more than 50 years, had been nominated for Oscars five times without winning. In 2005, he received an honorary Academy Award for lifetime achievement.
"While the goal of all movies is to entertain," Lumet once wrote, "the kind of film in which I believe goes one step further. It compels the spectator to examine one facet or another of his own conscience. It stimulates thought and sets the mental juices flowing."
MOSCOW, April 9 (RIA Novosti)