I do it because I like it and it's a wonderful way to spend your life.
Sidney Lumet gave this reply on why he made movies.
Indeed, Lumet lived a wonderful life and made movies that have inspired not just me but lots and lots of people around the world. Born on the 25th of June in the year 1924, little did anyone know that the child was about to make movies that would inspire generations of filmmakers. He had a long career in movies, making more than 40 movies beginning in black and white. He was said to an actor’s director and has been one of those rare filmmakers who happened to worked with a wide range of actors during a career that has spanned over five decades. Being a successful filmmaker does not make a man great. The reason why people always associate the word great with a filmmaker like Sidney is because of how human he has been to the people around him. He is said to the kindest and most civilized of humans around! Now that is a quality that deserves greatness.
Sidney’s urge to go beyond the level of entertainment with his films would be the reason why his films have become great, demanding thought and senses. In 1957, Lumet made his first feature film, 12 Angry Men and in 2007, his last, Before the Devil Know’s You’re Dead. In between, he made Dog Day Afternoon, one of my favourite films.
Sidney Lumet will never make movies again. He died.