The Friedkin Connection by William Friedkin
A Memoir

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5 Critic Reviews

The book is valuable for its candor on a variety of fronts: about life-endangering shots in Friedkin’s early work, corporate production difficulties, and the difficulty of working with egoists like Al Pacino.
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Synopsis

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.

 

About William Friedkin

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William Friedkin is the Academy Award-winning director, producer, and screenwriter of such iconic films as The Exorcist (1973) and The French Connection (1971). He lives in Los Angeles, California.
 
Published April 16, 2013 by Harper. 531 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction
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NY Times

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Reviewed by Janet Maslin on May 08 2013

Some of the most interesting material in “The Friedkin Connection” is about music. Mr. Friedkin’s taste has always been eclectic, and he reminds his readers of some of his more unusual soundtrack choices...

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WSJ online

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Reviewed by Peter Tonguette on Apr 19 2013

It cannot be a coincidence that this memoir is at its most engrossing when describing the solid, unpretentious entertainments its author once made so well.

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LA Times

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Reviewed by David Kipen on Jun 20 2013

The most heartfelt, dramatic writing here comes when it counts...The chapter is operatic, but it plays. Friedkin's losing the light, but he gets the shot.

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AV Club

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Reviewed by Vadim Rizov on Apr 15 2013

The book is valuable for its candor on a variety of fronts: about life-endangering shots in Friedkin’s early work, corporate production difficulties, and the difficulty of working with egoists like Al Pacino.

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Forbes

Above average
Reviewed by John Tamny on May 29 2013

In short, Friedkin makes plain in his endlessly interesting memoir that box office is king. Thank goodness for that.

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