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William Friedkin: Frayed Connections

Lennard, D 2020 , 'William Friedkin: Frayed Connections', in D Lennard and R Barton Palmer and M Pomerance (eds.), The Other Hollywood Renaissance , Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, Scotland, pp. 148-160.

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At the conclusion of his 2013 memoir, William Friedkin, citing cinema's collaborative nature, dismissively writes that he "[doesn't] give much credibility to the auteur theory." But then he seemingly hesitates: "A director's intelligence can inform a film", he concedes, before citing several of his own influences. This reticence is strange (even comedic) in the final pages of a book that catalogues the endeavors of a director notorious for his willfulness, audacity, and even brinkmanship in the service of having things his own way. Indeed, Friedkin's 1970s work demonstrates several distinctive and developing stylistic features: a mode of distanced observation carried over from his earliest documentary work, use of cryptic cutaways, a willingness to subordinate strict narrative continuity to the emotional force of the events onscreen, and often a focus on strenuous physical action.

Item Type: Book Section
Authors/Creators:Lennard, D
Keywords: American cinema, film studies, William Friedkin
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
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Copyright 2020 editorial matter and organization Dominic Lennard, R. Barton Palmer, and Murray PomeranceCopyright 2020 the chapters their several authors, 2020

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