After fleeing to New York City to escape her rigid Amish father, aspiring dancer Rachel Schpitendavel (Britt Ekland) lands a job at Minsky’s Burlesque House, where she captures the hearts of a comic (Jason Robards) and his partner (Norman Wisdom). Meanwhile, a moral crusader (Denholm Elliott) is making life tough for the club owner (Elliott Gould). Fine performances punctuate this bawdy comedy also starring Bert Lahr (in his final role).
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