The French Connection (1971) This must have been the best crime thriller I’ve ever seen. The dense editing gives the whole film a nervous pace, and the haunting soundtrack keeps you shivering throughout. Definitely made me curious about other films directed by William Friedkin

  • artkavanagh

    19/11/2018 at 12:38

    @ArnoldHoogerwerf I saw The French Connection when I was probably too young to appreciate it. Hackman’s performance stayed with me but otherwise I was just confused! As for other Friedkin films, have you seen To LIve and Die in L.A. (1985)?

  • ArnoldHoogerwerf

    20/11/2018 at 21:25

    @artkavanagh I am definitely going to watch more of his films! Starting with The Excorcist though, since I’m currently into seventies cinema a lot. Any more tips on that perhaps?

  • artkavanagh

    21/11/2018 at 18:29

    @ArnoldHoogerwerf I’ve never actually seen The Exorcist. It was talked about a lot when I was at school but I and most of my friends were too young to get into see it. I was wary (or squeamish) about horror, particularly if it involved the supernatural, in any case. I think you should definitely see To Live and Die in L.A., even though it’s from the 80s, not the 70s. Like The French Connection, it’s supposedly based (ish) on a truish story. It stars William Petersen, the year before he was going to be in Manhunter (the Michael Mann adaptation of Red Dragon). Not sure I’d exactly recommend Jade (1995) but I think anyone interested in Friedkin should see it.

  • ArnoldHoogerwerf

    23/11/2018 at 15:16

    @artkavanagh Thanks! I’m absolutely sure I will watch all your suggested films since I’m kind of hooked already: the last couple of days I watched both The excorsist and Sorcerer! Checking off Friedkin films one by one in chronological order 🙂