Not many films have changed the American cinematic landscape. But “The French Connection” can make that claim. The 1971 classic, with its handheld documentary style and legendary car chase, became the standard for on-screen authenticity. Its director, William Friedkin, is still going strong at age 77. Though his career stalled for a time after making “The Exorcist,” he’s enjoying a late renaissance. His 2011 horror-thriller “Killer Joe” garnered some of the best reviews of his five-decade career. And now he's enjoying a second calling: directing opera. Diane talks with Academy Award-winning director William Friedkin about his life and career.
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Excerpt from "The Friedkin Connection: A Memoir" by William Friedkin. Copyright 2013 by William Friedkin. Reprinted here by permission of Harper. All rights reserved.