The Verdict (1982)
- Sidney Lumet
- Paul Newman, Charlotte Rampling, Jack Warden
- 129 minuten
Scotland Yard Superintendent George Edward Grodman (Sydney Greenstreet) is fired after an investigation he heads up results in the wrongful death sentence of an innocent man. Grodman’s replacement is the arrogant John R. Buckley (George Coulouris), who haughtily delights in his sudden promotion. Wanting to spite Buckley while also finding redemption for his own mistake, Grodman teams up with artist Victor Emmric (Peter Lorre) to solve a mysterious new murder case.
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