Author of "The Friedkin Connection: A Memoir", published by Harper.
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[on doing Sorcerer
(1977) after The Exorcist
(1973)] I was looking for a grittier subject that was more in line with the films that I felt the closest kinship to: action-adventure films that were really offbeat but very profound.
His two most famous films, The French Connection
(1971) and The Exorcist
(1973), both begin in a foreign country, in which something in that country is brought over to America and then dealt with by American "authorities" in that field. "The French Connection" has drugs coming from France and then dealt with by American narcotics officers; "The Exorcist" has a demonic presence (from an idol) ...