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William Friedkin [Paperback]

Thomas Clagett

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  • Paperback: 457 pages
  • Publisher: Silman James; 2 edition (Jan. 1 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1879505614
  • ISBN-13: 978-1879505612
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 2.6 x 17.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 739 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,105,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars An obsessed man in Hollywood Jan. 4 2005
By N. P. Stathoulopoulos - Published on Amazon.com
This is one of two books on William Friedkin, the other being the out-of-print Hurricane Billy, which is a straight biography.

Clagett's work is more academic, but it's one of the better examinations of a director and his work, heavily relying on the thoughts and ideas of the filmmakers (collaborators included). The analysis is done through the filter of the thoughts, ideas, intentions, and inventions of the filmmakers. It chronicles Friedkin's influences and work from his television days right on through to Rules of Engagement (this volume is a revised edition, as the original 1990 one only went to The Guardian). The chapters are smartly broken up into two parts: one is a detailed reading of the film, noting the details and imagery, the other is about the making of the film, with comments from Friedkin himself, the best part of the book, and with the many collaborators and players.

The result is a body of work that is consistent with Friedkin's personality and interests, if not consistent in overall quality. This serves as an excellent depiction of a strong personality, an obsessed man, in many ways, and the conflict of directing 'Hollywood' films but with an outlaw element. Friedkin's films do come off as consistent: there is a gritty, cynical attitude, and the endings are not typical--there's hardly a film in Friedkin's catalog that ends happily ever after.

Overall, an excellent book. Friedkin comes across loud and clear in this book: obnoxious, intelligent, honest, funny, and a total character who made some excellent films.
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5.0 out of 5 stars William Friedkin Nov. 6 2010
By Fernandez Pedro - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of the only two books about William Friedkin and as a big fan of his, i have to say its the best book out there about him and his films. This book is an analysis of his films and who he is as a person, someone whose not only passionate, obsessed, but also crazy. It has everything you need to know about his film career from the documentary period to the 2000 rerelease of The Exorcist. I wish there's a new 3rd updated version that would include The Hunted, Bug, CSI, and his upcoming project Killer Joe, but other than that its a fascinating book that's not only engaging, compelling, entertaining, hilarious but also inspiring. William Friedkin is indeed one of the greatest American directors ever. The master of realist action, hand held cameras, thrillers, ambiguous endings, and car chases.
5.0 out of 5 stars William Friedkin : Films of Aberration, Obsession and Realit April 4 2000
By "nodachan" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Library Binding
I'm looking forward to seeing his new movie "rules of engagement". I have thought him the greatest director in the world for a long time. And this book certify you that I'm not wrong. Now I know his effort of making many famous pictures I already saw, for exanple, The French Connection & The Exorcist. And this book answers my curiosity about his steps of filmmaking from his early days as a TV director to recent day. You'll see that he's not a lucky guy but a talented genius like Spilberg.

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