121 Great Directors: William Friedkin

“By the time a film of mine makes it into the theaters, I have a love-hate relationship with it. There is always something I could have done to make it better.”


What Got This Director Here?
: French Connection/The Exorcist.

My Favorite Past Experience Was…: The Exorcist.

What Did I Watch: Boys in the Band.

Where Does He Fit: William Friedkin claims Boys in the Band is one of the few films he’s made that he can stand to watch, and that’s oddly fitting, since the style is simultaneously very much of his work (he really does not like sex) and not at all (the style is invisible in the way of all the best Wylers). The bitchery on display may be very of its time, owing a huge debt to Virginia Woolf and having a 70s take on bitchy gays, but it’s also such fun anyway, a series of emotional kicks to the balls that you’d think this group of gays would be above…so vulgar.

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Most Valuable Asset: A very complicated relationship with sex.
Most Excited For: Sorcerer.
Did They Deserve a Spot?: Yes.

Coming Up Next: Chinese melodramatist Zhang Yimou.

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