Filmmaker William Friedkin has been everything in Hollywood – the toast of the town and its pariah, an Oscar winner and a guy whose films were effectively dumped. Most people who want to make movies hope they’ll make one classic that will last the test of time – he made at least three and another handful that came damn close along with a few duds too.
From “The Exorcist” to “The French Connection,” “Sorcerer,” “Cruising,” “To Live and Die in L.A.,” “Killer Joe,” “The Boys in the Band,” “Bug,” “The Hunted,” “Jade,” “The Birthday Party” and more – he left an indelible impression on cinema and cinephiles.
Now a new documentary, “Friedkin Uncut,” aims to offer insight into the journey the now 83-year-old director took. Friedkin himself participates in the project along with legendary friends and collaborators including Francis Ford Coppola, Quentin Tarantino, Willem Dafoe, Wes Anderson, Edgar Wright, Matthew McConaughey, Ellen Burstyn, Michael Shannon and more.
Francesco Zippel helmed the film which premiered at last year’s Venice Film Festival and will now open in limited theatrical release in New York on August 23rd and in Los Angeles on August 30th.