Friedkin, William

 William_Friedkin_Deauville_2012 Name: William Friedkin

Born: August 29th 1935

Strengths: Visuals, Sound

Weakness: Volatility

Best Movie: The Exorcist

Rating:    rating-153609_640 5.0

Review:

A remarkable director in most respects, William Friedkin has made a name for himself across six decades and a variety of genres as a daring maverick with a unique sense of cinematic story-telling. He rose to fame with his gritty police drama The French Connection which quickly became the unassailable template for that decade’s numerous crime classics. Following that up with the almost impossibly taboo-defying The Exorcist, he quickly became noted as a controversial talent and his movies continued to court controversy right throughout the next decade. The controversy extended to the manner in which he directed his stars, employing a number of extreme devices to generate on-set tension. Though the artistic result was almost invariably positive, it didn’t make him the easiest director to get along with on set – not that it would’ve bothered the man in the slightest. More classics were to follow though from that point on, his work was mostly appreciated by critics and the cult following it naturally generated. Films like Cruising, Sorcerer, To Live and Die in LA were strikingly different in style and substance but all were marked by either extreme public reaction or directorial methods. Though, never as prolific as his contemporary film-makers, he continued to make a series of low profile thrillers and psychological dramas throughout the 1990’s and 2000’s but a recent return to searing form with Killer Joe has placed him firmly back on the cinema public’s radar. And that’s no bad thing!

Vision
2
Style
2
Structure
2
Visuals
8
Sound
6
Innovation
2
Discipline
2
Story-telling
6
Production
4
Average
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