The Friedkin Connection: A Memoir

The Friedkin Connection: A Memoir

by William Friedkin


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The long-awaited memoir from the Academy Award–winning director of such legendary films as The French Connection, The Exorcist, and To Live and Die in LA, The Friedkin Connection takes readers from the streets of Chicago to the suites of Hollywood and from the sixties to today, with autobiographical storytelling as fast-paced and intense as any of the auteur's films.

William Friedkin, maverick of American cinema, offers a candid look at Hollywood, when traditional storytelling gave way to the rebellious and alternative; when filmmakers like him captured the paranoia and fear of a nation undergoing a cultural nervous breakdown.

The Friedkin Connection includes 16 pages of black-and-white photographs.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061775147
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/01/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 528
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

William Friedkinlives in Los Angeles, California.

Table of Contents

Author's Note: *Spoiler* xi

Prologue: Fireflies 1

Part I First Impressions

1 Chicago 9

2 Mr. Documentary 61

3 Good Times 94

4 Silences 122

Part II The ?70s

5 Popeye and Cloudy 141

6 The Mystery of Faith 220

7 Empire of Light 261

8 The Devil in the Details 273

Part III The Tunnel at the End of the Light

9 Hubris 313

10 Sorcerer 321

11 Armed Robbery and Murder 351

Part IV An Uphill Climb to the Bottom

12 To Live and Die in L.A. 383

13 A Safe Darkness 396

14 A New Path 417

15 Afterlife 425

16 The Marine Corps and the Tracker 429

17 Fade Out 440

Part V Fade In

18 Puccini 445

19 Catharsis 449

20 Reel Twelve 472

Acknowledgments 477

Filmography 479

Photo Credits 481

Index 483

About the Author 499

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mariaelsa More than 1 year ago
absorbing movie making memoir. An honest recollection of a director's experiences-warts and all. This is not gossip tabloid fodder- but Friedkin's life as a director-hindsight. A certain element of vulnerability exhudes through- despite the arrogance that comes across at the height of his fame. Never maudlin nor self pitying. Friedkin's directing style does fit more in line with European cinema- where a hero does not have to exist within a film.