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The Crooked Timber: A Conversation with William Friedkin

13 August 2012 6:09 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

"From the crooked timber of humanity, no straight thing was ever made." —Immanuel Kant.

Even before I knew what a cinephilic sensibility was, mine was being shaped by the evolving filmic projects of William Friedkin and their focus on humanity's crooked timber.  As a participatory member of the Gay Movement of the early 70s, I resisted the scriptural representation in Friedkin's The Boys In the Band (1970) and—a decade later—Cruising (1980), but was undeniably swept up in the Catholicized hysteria surrounding The Exorcist (1973), which I managed to catch at its Bible Belt premiere in Little Rock, Arkansas.  The French Connection (1971) challenged Peter Yate's earlier Bullitt (1968) with its iconic car chase and Sorcerer (1977) dazzled me with its suspenseful virtuosity and has continued to intrigue me with its court battle over copyright.  To Live And Die in L.A. (1985) introduced me to the talent of such actors as William Petersen and Willem DeFoe; but, »

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