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Author of "The Friedkin Connection: A Memoir", published by Harper.
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By the time a film of mine makes it into the theaters, I have a love-hate relationship with it. There is always something I could have done to make it better.
Often goes to extreme lengths to get the desired realism in his scenes. Infamous examples include the illegal car chase from The French Connection
(1971) (which employed a stunt driver racing amidst unsuspecting drivers and pedestrians), and his effective tactics to get certain reactions from his actors in The Exorcist
(1973) (discharging firearms close to the actors' ears, slapping them in the ...