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Show Notes: Episode 6 – William Friedkin’s The French Connection (1971)

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Our special guest this month is Thomas D. Clagett, author of “William Friedkin: Films of Aberration, Obsession and Reality”, first published in 1990. An expanded second edition was published in 2003 featuring three new chapters, including one on the re-release of “The Exorcist” and others on his 1990s films.

Here’s a couple of brief histories of America’s War on Drugs:

“William Friedkin and Induced Documentary Style”, a Youtube supercut of scenes from Friedkin movies that explain his self-proclaimed filmmaking style.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucNIuBYOTQk

The Harvard Film Archive ran a William Friedkin retrospective in January and February of 2009 titled “The Uncanny Cinema of William Friedkin”. Here’s a quick write-up on each of Friedkin’s films for those unfamiliar with his work.
http://hcl.harvard.edu/hfa/films/2009janfeb/friedkin.html

One of my favourite internet-era write-ups on The French Connection, from the obscure website Stand By For Mind Control.
http://www.standbyformindcontrol.com/2013/06/the-french-connection-and-relentless-pursuit/

Eddie Egan and Sonny Grosso, the real life inspirations for “Popeye” Jimmy Doyle and “Cloudy” Buddy Russo, both left the narcotics department after their $32 million drug bust. They did a lot of work in Hollywood. Here’s Birth. Movies. Death.’s “The Post-French Connection Exploits of the Real Popeye Doyle”.
http://birthmoviesdeath.com/2015/01/23/the-post-french-connection-exploits-of-the-real-popeye-doyle

If you want to follow us on Letterboxd as well, we’re always logging and rating films we’ve been watching and occasionally Luke will do some pretty in-depth reviews, too.
Luke Kane: http://www.letterboxd.com/overbreakfast/
Cameron Crothers: http://www.letterboxd.com/crot00192/
Damien Heath: http://www.letterboxd.com/jedikaos/

Thanks again for checking out Celluloid Junkies. We’ll see you next month with a close-up, in depth look at Darren Aronofsky’s “The Wrestler”.

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