This Series is an Aero Theatre Exclusive!
For sheer cinematic punch, its hard to equal the films of director William
Friedkin - THE EXORCIST, THE FRENCH CONNECTION, SORCERER and TO
LIVE AND DIE IN L.A. are such great yet hard-hitting pleasures to watch, so downright
addictive, that its easy to forget what a meticulous craftsman Friedkin is on every
A veteran of live television in the 1950s, Friedkin trained in documentary filmmaking
in the mid-1960s - training that led to the unnerving, you-are-there realism of THE
FRENCH CONNECTION and the terrible beauty of THE EXORCIST and SORCERER.
"What I try to do before each film is immerse myself totally in many tangential
phases of that subject before I make it - so Im literally swimming in it before I
expose a frame of film," Friedkin has observed.
Within the last two decades, Friedkin has returned to his early roots in television
drama with the highly acclaimed "12 Angry Men," and has directed episodes of
"CSI: Crime Scene Investigation." He has also directed such searing action films
as RULES OF ENGAGEMENT and THE HUNTED and is currently shooting KILLER JOE starring
Matthew McConaughey and Emile Hirsch.
Were thrilled to welcome director William Friedkin to
the Aero Theatre for a retrospective of his work.
Saturday, January 22 7:30 PM
Double Feature: 40th Anniversary! THE FRENCH CONNECTION, 1971, 20th Century Fox, 104
min. Arguably the greatest American crime film ever made. Gene Hackman stars as Detective
Popeye Doyle, whos muscling minor hoods in NYC (the "You ever pick your feet
in Poughkeepsie?" scene is still a classic) when he catches the trail of a huge
shipment of French heroin. With partner Roy Scheider, Hackman dogs drug-kingpin Fernando
Rey through the concrete jungle - highlighted by a brain-jangling car chase that still
hasnt been topped (except perhaps in Friedkins own TO LIVE AND DIE IN L.A.). [35mm]
TO LIVE & DIE IN L.A., 1985, MGM
Repertory, 116 min. Director William Friedkin's startling, exhilarating thriller stars
William Petersen as a hot-shot Federal agent out to bust ruthless counterfeiter Willem
Dafoe (in a revelatory, tour-de-force performance). Along the way, they collide with John
Turturro as a drug mule addicted to Pepto Bismol and Dean Stockwell as Dafoe's morally
ambivalent mouthpiece. As dynamic and unnerving as THE FRENCH CONNECTION a decade earlier,
TO LIVE AND DIE IN L.A. is Friedkin at his very best - a turbo-charged ride through an
imploding, morally-corrupt American landscape. [35mm] Discussion
between films with director William Friedkin.Trailer | Buy