William Friedkin has died at the age of 87. Variety’s obituary is here.
His films The French Connection and The Exorcist are among the best of all-time.
I spent a lot of time watching The French Connection when we were doing the FSM CD of it (and the sequel score). I marveled at every frame.
I remember for both of those films, being surprised, the first time I saw them, at how different they were from the mainstream blockbuster filmmaking I was used to (of the 1980s and ’90s). You really had to work to interpret what was going on—but it was so rewarding to do so.
And when they got into their grooves...
...they were transformative.
Farewell to a master!