- Every Monday [smiths] will be picking the best film screening of the week, both locally and around London, for lovers of the big screen. Turn your reading week into a watching week!
Join Goldsmiths’ Film Watching Society for the screening of the 1957 film 12 Angry Men. The screening will be held this Thursday the 7th at 7pm, Richard Hoggart Building, Room 342.
Shot on a budget of $340,000 in less than a month and filmed almost exclusively inside one single jury room, this classic – which back in the day landed Sidney Lumet a nomination for the Academy Award as Best Director – is probably one of the finest examples of how an intense and captivating film can be produced even with modest resources.
The plot revolves around the trial of an 18 year old Puerto Rican who is accused of having murdered his father with a switchblade knife. Of the 12 jurors who sit in judgement on the case, only one juror – played by Henry Fonda – expresses doubts regarding the guilt of the young man. As the discussion escalates to argument, we see the jurors re-examine and work over their initial and precipitated verdicts.
12 Angry Men serves as a warning of prejudice and as a reminder of the importance of distinction between probability and actual fact, likelihood and evidence. Its quest for fairness and its defence of the legal principle of presumption of innocence are at the heart of this courtroom classic.