Kate Ward
April 09, 2011 AT 11:34 PM EDT

One of New York’s finest filmmakers, Martin Scorsese, has spoken out about the death of Sidney Lumet, the Oscar-nominated director with a similar passion for shooting in the Big Apple. Scorsese released the following statement to EW about Lumet, who passed away at the age of 86 on Saturday: “The death of Sidney Lumet really marks the end of an era. He started in theatre as an actor, worked his way through the golden age of live television, and by the time he made his debut in 1957 with Twelve Angry Men, he was already a seasoned veteran. He had a unique gift with actors, an unusually dynamic feeling for drama, and a powerful sense of place, of the world of the picture. I admire so many of his movies — his adaptations of Williams, Miller, Chekhov and O’Neill, his exquisite version of Murder on the Orient ExpressThe Verdict — but he was a New York filmmaker at heart, and our vision of this city has been enhanced and deepened by classics like Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon and, above all, the remarkable Prince of the City. It’s hard to imagine that there won’t be any more new pictures by Sidney Lumet. All the more reason to take good care of the ones he left behind.” (Reporting by Missy Schwartz)

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

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