William Friedkin (born 29 August 1935) is an American film director, producer and screenwriter best known for directing The French Connection in 1972 and The Exorcist in 1973; for the former, he won the Academy Award for Best Director. His recent film, Bug (2006) won the FIPRESCI prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
After seeing the movie Citizen Kane as a boy, Friedkin became fascinated with movies and began working for WGN-TV immediately after high school. He eventually started his directorial career doing live television shows and documentaries, including The People vs. Paul Crump which won several awards and contributed to the commutation of Crump’s death sentence. As mentioned in Friedkin’s voice-over commentary on the DVD re-release of Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo, Friedkin also directed one of the last episodes of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour in 1965, called “Off Season”. Hitchcock admonished Friedkin for not wearing a tie… read more
Adaptation of Mart Crowley play may seem dated in its representation of homosexuals but in other ways doesn't feel dated at all. The narcistic yet self hating, the venom contrasted with the tenderness, the comradirie contrasted with the pushing away still isn't so far from truth. Stagy yet compelling look captured by Friedkin that was brave enough to hire the orginal off broadway cast to boot. Essential curio.
Stolid rendering of the stage play which although trying to offer a market research cross-section of New York homosexual sterotypes, packs in some good lines of bitchy venom and interplay along the way. Alas it becomes stagebound and cinematically stodgey within the first half hour and falls away into lumpen rants of self hate. Nevertheless, a milestone and now something of a camp curio - "Hail Mary - Don't Ask".
The great American director on his new movie, the classic The Exorcist and the controversial Cruising.