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THE RECKLESS ABANDON OF WILLIAM FRIEDKIN

September at the Trylon

Nicknamed Hurricane Billy for his filmmaking style and awful temper, Friedkin rose to prominence in the 1970s as one of the best of the New Hollywood directors. These four films, which are anything but formulaic, lack heroes and bear an understated visual style. They’re daring, gritty, and genuinely surprising. Promotional support for this series provided by Secrets of the City.

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Starts Sun, September 6

THE FRENCH CONNECTION

(1971, DCP, 104m) w/Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey.  Two detectives learn of a heroin shipment coming into New York from France in this coarse, relentless film. In our opinion, it boasts the greatest onscreen car chase of all time. SUN 6:30 MON/TUES 7:00 9:00

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Starts Sun, September 13

SORCERER

(1977, DCP, 121m) w/Roy Scheider, Bruno Cremer, Francisco Rabal. Four desperate men agree to truck a load of unstable nitroglycerin over a rocky mountain road. The slightest bump could mean their deaths. Opening on the same day as Star Wars, Sorcerer flopped. But this remake of 1953’s The Wages of Fear is deliberately paced, tense as hell, and deserving of a bigger audience. SUN 7:30 MON/TUES 7:00 9:15

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Starts Sun, September 20

CRUISING

(1980, 35mm, 102m) w/Al Pacino, Paul Sorvino, Karen Allen. Police detective Steve Burns (Pacino) goes undercover to hunt a serial killer who’s targeting gay men in New York’s S&M and leather scenes. This thriller, with its great punk rock score, was lambasted upon release but is finally getting another look. SUN 7:00 MON/TUES 7:00 9:00

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Starts Sun, September 27

TO LIVE AND DIE IN L.A.

(1985, 35mm, 116m) w/Willem Dafoe, William Petersen, Debra Feuer.  After a Secret Service agent’s partner is murdered, he will stop at nothing to get revenge. To Live is Friedkin’s response to what he saw as the predictability of early 1980s films. It comes complete with an attempt to top his own car chase in The French Connection. SUN 7:30 MON/TUES 7:00 9:15

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