Episode 6 – William Friedkin’s The French Connection (1971)
Author Thomas D. Clagett, “William Friedkin: Films of Aberration, Obsession and Reality”
This month we are picking our feet in Poughkeepsie as we tip our hats to William Friedkin’s 1971 cops and robbers thriller The French Connection.
This podcast is non-profit and has been broadcast for educational purposes. Excerpts from the following material has been included to enhance the listener experience:
The French Connection (1971) dir. William Friedkin, USA
The Exorcist (1973) dir. William Friedkin, USA
Cruising (1980) dir. William Friedkin, USA
“Black Magic Woman” (1973) w: Peter Green, p: Santana
“Everybody Gets to Go to the Moon” (1971) w: Jimmy Webb, p: The Three Degrees
“Run to Paradise” (1987) w: Mark Gable and Brad Carr, p: The Choirboys
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.
- Check out Thomas D. Clagett’s website
- Purchase “William Friedkin: Films of Aberration, Obsession and Reality” from publisher Silman James Press (US$19.95)
- Purchase “William Friedkin: Films of Aberration, Obsession and Reality” from Amazon (US$19.95)
Here’s a couple of brief histories of America’s War on Drugs:
- The Drug Policy Alliance
- “A Brief History of Drug Policies in the United States” from The House I Live In, a documentary about America’s failed war on drugs
“William Friedkin and Induced Documentary Style”, a Youtube supercut of scenes from Friedkin movies that explain his self-proclaimed filmmaking style.
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.
One of my favourite internet-era write-ups on The French Connection, from the obscure website Stand By For Mind Control.
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”.
If you want to follow us on Letterboxd, we’re always logging and rating films we’ve been watching and occasionally Luke will do some pretty in-depth reviews, too.
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”.