Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Prince Redux

When I watch shows like The Wire and The Shield, both of which I count as all-time favorites, I see Sidney Lumet, Jay Presson Allen, and Robert Daley's fingerprints all over them.

6 comments:

J.D. said...

Agreed. HOMICIDE is another show that I felt owed a lot to Lumet's films. And, of course, LAW & ORDER owes a huge debt to Lumet's cop 'n' corruption films.

As for Lumet, I always found that Q&A was a criminally underrated film. It features a powerful performance by Nick Nolte - quite possibly my fave of his but the film pretty much dropped out of sight when it came out and hasn't been heard from since. What a shame.

Ned Merrill said...

J.D.:

HOMICIDE is another big void in my television series viewing. Obviously there's THE WIRE / David Simon connection with that show. LAW & ORDER is so ubiquitous and its formula so familiar nowadays, that it holds less interest to me. Of course, the late Jerry Orbach would star on L & O years after his great turn in PRINCE OF THE CITY. I know you're a big fan of Q & A after reading your superb write-up awhile back...I still need to re-watch as I have not seen in 20 years.

J.D. said...

Another Lumet film I dig that doesn't get enough love is NIGHT FALLS ON MANHATTAN. I still don't know how I feel about the casting of Andy Garcia but the film is a solid, engaging piece of work nonetheless.

Ned Merrill said...

Saw NIGHT FALLS ON MANHATTAN when it came out and was not a huge fan. Garcia's casting definitely played a part...he ain't a favorite of mine. The trailer for NFoM was memorable in that it used clips or stills of the best of Lumet--SERPICO and DOG DAY AFTERNOON and, possibly, PRINCE OF THE CITY, I can't recall.

Ty said...

Prince Of The City is a great movie! Treat at his best. Underrated.

Ned Merrill said...

Ty,

I agree with you. Not enough people have sat down and given PRINCE OF THE CITY a chance. Of course, most people don't remember Treat Williams, if they ever knew of him in the first place. I think he's brilliant here. If it had starred an icon like Pacino or De Niro, it would be much more well-known, though not necessarily a better film.