Special Sidney Lumet
The Outsider: The Films of Sidney Lumet

The Fugitive Kind (1960)

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“There are plenty other juke joints on the highway. Mr. Xavier, would you like to go juking? Come on, let’s you and me go juke.” Marlon Brando used to test directors by doing two consecutive takes of a scene; one where he truly acted and one where he half-assed it. If the director couldn’t tell the difference, he would adjust his efforts for the remainder of the shoot accordingly. Lumet caught on straight away and then proceeded to nurture the capricious actor into a great performance in this sweaty Mississippi set Tennessee Williams adaptation, flanked by the very talented Joanne Woodward and Italian grande dame, Anna Magnani. English language without subtitles.


Sidney Lumet
Marlon Brando, Anna Magnani, Joanne Woodward
Drama, Romantiek
119 minuten


When drifter Valentine Xavier (Marlon Brando) arrives in a southern town, he catches the eye of the married Lady Torrance (Anna Magnani) and the oversexed alcoholic, Carol Cutrere (Joanne Woodward). Both vie for his attention, with Lady Torrance emerging victorious, offering Xavier employment in her general store, while her cancer-stricken husband is bedridden upstairs. After impregnating Lady Torrance and butting heads with friends of her husband, Xavier must make a crucial decision.

KINO is proud to present a retrospective on the features of writer and director Sidney Lumet. The versatile filmmaker worked mainly outside of the Hollywood machine but always secured the greatest talent in front of his camera as his reputation as an ‘actor’s director’ secured no less than seventeen Oscar nominations for his leads. His beloved New York City was often not only a geographical setting but a vital asset in his films as he explored the metropole from its classiest office buildings to its seediest back alleys. Unlike for instance Coppola or Scorsese, Lumet’s oeuvre is less distinctive in style as he always adapted his artistic choices to serve the story, not to his own visual preferences. But he is one of the great humanist directors with a fantastic catalogue waiting to be explored and we are proud to present his biggest hits as well as his lesser known films in this thirteen feature retrospective.

Trailer: Baris Azman