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The Friedkin Connection: A Memoir (Inglese) Copertina rigida – 16 apr 2013

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“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.” (Booklist)

“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.” (Variety)

“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)

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With such seminal movies as The Exorcist and The French Connection, Academy Award-winning director William Friedkin secured his place as a great filmmaker. A maverick from the start, Friedkin joined other young directors who ushered in Hollywood's second Golden Age during the 1970s. Now, in his long-awaited memoir, Friedkin provides a candid portrait of an extraordinary life and career.

His own success story has the makings of classic American film. He was born in Chicago, the son of Russian immigrants. Immediately after high school, he found work in the mailroom of a local television station, and patiently worked his way into the directing booth during the heyday of live TV. An award-winning documentary brought him attention as a talented new filmmaker, as well as an advocate for justice, and it caught the eye of producer David L. Wolper, who brought Friedkin to Los Angeles. There he moved from television (one of the last episodes of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour) to film (The Birthday Party, The Boys in the Band), displaying a versatile stylistic range. Released in 1971, The French Connection won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, and two years later, The Exorcist received ten Oscar nominations and catapulted Friedkin's career to stardom.

Penned by the director himself, The Friedkin Connection takes readers on a journey through the numerous chance encounters and unplanned occurrences that led a young man from a poor urban neighborhood to success in one of the most competitive industries and art forms in the world.

From the streets of Chicago to the executive suites of Hollywood, from star-studded movie sets to the precision of the editing room, from a pas-sionate new artistic life as a renowned director of operas to his most recent tour de force, Killer Joe, William Friedkin has much to say about the world of moviemaking and his place within it.

Written with the narrative drive of one of his finest films, The Friedkin Connection is a wonderfully engaging look at an artist and an industry that has transformed who we are—and how we see ourselves.

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5.0 su 5 stelle Excellent writer. And Honest. 11 aprile 2017
Di andrew review - Pubblicato su
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Exorcist is the scariest movie I ever saw. The French Connection one of the best crime movies ever. Live and die in LA one of the most under rated. Friedman directed all of them. His autobiography, very well, and not ghost , written tells how he made these films. Fascinating stuff and highly reccommended.
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4.0 su 5 stelle Detailed, Professional, Honest and Self-Reflective. Highly Recommended. 21 luglio 2016
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Well written and interesting professional memoir from a lauded director who has certainly had his share of ups and downs, hits and misses. Fascinating details of the perils and rewards of moviemaking are coupled with some humor and humility in just the right amounts. Very few personal details of Friedkin's life are included, which he acknowledges near the end of the book, but those no doubt would have doubled the length of the book and been less interesting to film enthusiasts, however juicy or salacious. As it is, the book is focused and sufficiently detailed to satisfy fans or those who need to catch up with Friedkin's laudable body of work, with two certified classics: The French Connection and The Exorcist.
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Di James K. Stewart - Pubblicato su
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I've been a huge fan of film director William Friedkin since first seeing his Academy Award winning blockbuster "The French
Connection" when it was released on the big screen back in 1971. I was blown away by the look, style, editing, and music in
the picture along with the incredible elevated train/car chase that was the centerpiece of the film. After his horror-shocker "The
Exorcist" came out in 1973, he and Stanley Kubrick became my favorite directors. I made it a point to see everything Friedkin
had directed and would direct in the future. The man is a genius at his craft. I couldn't wait to read "The Friedkin Connection"
when it was published and it didn't disappoint. From his early childhood in Chicago to his tough breakthrough as a filmmaker,
the book from his point of view is simply marvelous. His writing flows in a very accessible, yet detailed manner that leaves you
fascinated. I'd always wondered how he pulled off some of his cinematic magic with not only "The French Connection" and "The
Exorcist" but also with "Sorcerer" and "To Live and Die in L.A.". William delivers the goods on these and all of of his other work,
including the VERY controversial gay shocker "Cruising" from 1980, with which Friedkin had a difficult time with star Al Pacino
because of the film's themes. The book provides more than enough proof that even early on as a documentary maker, William
was never one to back down from a challenge or anybody who impeded his unique style. On "Sorcerer", star Roy Scheider told
Friedkin he should stop firing so many people "because he was tired of having to take them to the airport and saying goodbye."
At the same time, Friedkin reveals himself in the book as being genuine, considerate, and truly concerned with his art and those
who worked with him. In Peter Biskind's percipient 1998 bestseller "Easy Riders, Raging Bulls", one Hollywood producer stated,
"Billy was a tough critter. He didn't give a f*** about anybody else that walked the face of the earth. He was a guy, you'd known
him for thirty years, saved his ass by putting together the deal, he'd turn to you and say, 'Get off the set.'" I read "The Friedkin
Connection" in three nights and found it a fabulous insight into one of Hollywood's most legendary, uncompromising, & talented
artists. An outstanding memoir.
4.0 su 5 stelle Buy This One. It's Good! 13 dicembre 2016
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This book has everything you want in a Hollywood memoir. Friedkin doesn't spend a lot of time on things you really don't care about (his childhood and such). He does spend the majority of the book telling you about how he made his films.

It's good stuff.

I listened to the book, and it's nice to hear Friedkin's words in his own voice.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Reading this book is like sitting down with William Friedkin himself and just listening ... 1 febbraio 2017
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Reading this book is like sitting down with William Friedkin himself and just listening to him him talk about his career and movies. Great insight into movie making with tons of great stories.