The long-awaited memoir from the Academy Award–winning director of such legendary films as The French Connection, The Exorcist, and To Live and Die in LA, The Friedkin Connection takes readers from the streets of Chicago to the suites of Hollywood and from the sixties to today, with autobiographical storytelling as fast-paced and intense as any of the auteur's films.
William Friedkin, maverick of American cinema, offers a candid look at Hollywood, when traditional storytelling gave way to the rebellious and alternative; when filmmakers like him captured the paranoia and fear of a nation undergoing a cultural nervous breakdown.
The Friedkin Connection includes 16 pages of black-and-white photographs.
About the Author
William Friedkinlives in Los Angeles, California.
“Entertaining. . . . This memoir is at its most engrossing when describing the solid, unpretentious entertainments its author once made so well.”
— Wall Street Journal
“Hardcore film geeks will salivate over this time capsule from a grateful and still-brilliant legend.”
“For aspiring directors, a glimpse into the school of hard knocks, but there’s plenty of good stuff, lean and well-written, for civilian film fans, too.”
— Kirkus Reviews
“Friedkin’s book does the unthinkable: It relates the behind-the-scenes stories of his triumphs but also sees Friedkin take responsibility (brutally so) for his wrong calls. . . . He captures the gut-wrenching shifts of a filmmaker’s life.”
“Movie fans will celebrate the natural storyteller at work in the pages of The Friedkin Connection, a welcome reminder that it takes so much more than talent to make a movie - and to keep making them.”
— Associated Press
“Friedkin’s memory for the process of filmmaking elevates this book above the usual score-settling Hollywood memoir; film buffs will be pleased with what he offers here.”
— Publishers Weekly
“Friedkin’s against-all-odds success story is compelling reading from the start.”
— LA Weekly
“Filled with insights into the art of film and its practitioners and honest assessments of his work--and the work of others in the film industry--this is terrific stuff. After reading it, you’ll be anxious to see all the Friedkin movies you’ve missed.”
— Shelf Awareness
“A fascinating appraisal - and a reminder of how much of a maverick Mr. Friedkin has turned out to be, willingly or otherwise.”
— Janet Maslin, New York Times
“Even in print, Friedkin still knows how to thrill.”
— NY1.COM, "The Book Reader" review
“The book is valuable for its candor on a variety of fronts. . . . Leanly satisfying.”
— The A.V. CLUB/THE ONION