DCP, rewatched, re-rating. I already liked it a lot but having seen it on tv several years ago, i hadn't a clear notion of its extraordinary ability to show the real space of New York city and to integrate it in such distinct and concentrationary fictional profusion, playing with the fragmentation of that space with "trompe l'oeil" in such remarkable way. One of the great New York movies of the 70s.
Rather single-minded and grungy police procedural shot through with exciting detail achieved through jump cuts, low key lighting, judicious musical cues and Freidkin's visceral verisimilitude. Rey brings unexpected (and welcome) euro-elegance to the role of Charnier. Time has perhaps dimmed its pedigree but that's more due to a pile-up of imitation than a dimming of original quality. That said, once is enough.
If you are looking for a realistic, gritty, and thrilling cop movie, THE FRENCH CONNECTION is one of the example. I think THE FRENCH CONNECTION is William Friedkin's best effort along with THE EXORCIST and TO LIVE AND DIE IN L.A. so far. It's realistic. Because no sets were built, they shot it in real location. Like TO LIVE AND DIE IN L.A., this movie also has a thrilling car chase sequence. Absolutely classic!
Lurches forth with vigor and masculinity. There's nothing soft in this film and the very tone is virile, right down to the dirty humor, macho talk, and assured confidence of the buddy-buddy relationship between Hackman and Scheider. This means it's not 'traditionally' dramatic in tender emotions, but is still dramatic in how gripping and aggressive it makes even its police procedural element out of actionless action.
La dualità linguistica e culturale a cavallo tra Stati Uniti e Francia non salva il film da alcuni inevitabili cliché a stelle e strisce. Le classiche figure del poliziotto buono e poliziotto cattivo sgomitano in un poliziesco mediamente interessante ma mai veramente sorprendente, carico di scene registicamente prevedibili. Inspiegabile la reputazione leggendaria per un film tutto sommato di media fattura.
Crime film directors of today should go back and watch these 70s flicks, would learn a lot. Basically Star Wars ruined film forever, bc Hollywood realized they could target movies to morons and children and still make mass profits. This, Bullitt, Seven Ups, Mean Streets, etc could never be made today, and its why I consider the 70s to be the last great film decade. Literally every frame is motion-filled, 5 stars
Great film with a slow pace and extensive use of camera movement and zooming that really suites the mysterious feel it has throughout. Hackman plays a great indocile detective whose gut feeling fuses well with the overall atmosphere. Best of all I enjoyed the great car chase scene, which is a big compliment, since I usually cannot be bothered much with such suspense.
William Friedkin is famous for having filmed some memorable thrillers and for having been the fortunate husband of Jeanne MOREAU ... William Friedkin est célèbre pour avoir filmé quelques thrillers momorables et pour avoir été le chanceux mari de Jeanne MOREAU
This is pure filmmaking. An intense look at the drug world and the people who work to bring them down. Gene Hackman is at the top of his form as the rough and tumble Popeye Doyle and this film also features one of the greatest car chases of all time. Absolutely heart pounding.
Great build up of tension as the whole movie builds towards its climax, with the metro scene as a peak on the way there. This tension is partly constituted by the excellent score. Also excellent shots, editing, cityscapes and nice grainy imagery. It's like a believable Hitchcock.
Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle (Gene Hackman) and his partner Buddy "Cloudy" Russo (Roy Scheider) can't hardly be more diverse in handling the matters. Popeye's limitless dedication to his work is the key to their success and failure at the same time. Tough, tenacious, stiff and dogged police work. Cat and mouse play goes back and forth. Great movie.