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'I Thought I Was Bulletproof': William Friedkin Looks Back on the '70s

In a recent interview with New York Times writer Dave Itzkoff, iconoclastic filmmaker William Friedkin sat down to reflect on his diverse career, which spans 19 feature films since the mid-60s.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 8, 2013 2:52 PM
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Watch: William Friedkin Tributes Roger Ebert at Chicago Critics Film Festival, Recites Dylan Thomas

Director William Friedkin, who revealed last month that his 1977 film "Sorcerer" has finally received a studio-funded digital restoration and will premiere at this year's Venice Film Festival, recently gave an impromptu tribute to Roger Ebert following a Q&A at the Chicago Critics Film Festival. He recited Dylan Thomas' "And Death Shall Have No Dominion." Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 16, 2013 11:40 AM
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Costume Designer Anthony Powell Talks to BFI, from Polanski to Friedkin's Controversial 'Sorcerer'

Three-time Oscar-winning costume designer Anthony Powell, who gave us the sumptuous sartorial designs in Roman Polanski's "Tess," Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones films "Temple of Doom" and "Last Crusade" and William Friedkin's "Sorcerer," sat down recently with the BFI to discuss his career. Highlights below, with photos of his many costuming feats.
  • By Beth Hanna and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 28, 2013 5:37 PM
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Seattle Film Festival Virgin Diary 1

The Seattle Film Festival has been going since May 17, so I'll be arriving a bit late to the party Thursday afternoon. The country's longest festival wraps up this Sunday, and I've been watching screeners in Los Angeles to prepare myself. Large and local, this festival offers cinephiles plenty of riches.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 7, 2012 1:43 PM
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LAFF Announces Guest Director William Friedkin; Artists in Residence Elfman, Voltaggio & Saadiq

Continuing to move away from their Film Independent indie branding, The Los Angeles Film Festival has named Hollywood veteran filmmaker William Friedkin as Guest Director for the 2012 Festival. The director of "The Exorcist," "The French Connection" and "To Live and Die in L.A." will screen his latest, indie fest circuit film "Killer Joe."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 15, 2012 4:56 PM
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Trailer Watch: Don't Mess with McConaughey in Deep Fried Texas Redneck Thriller 'Killer Joe'

Matthew McConaughey is a dirty, twisted cop in "Killer Joe," from director William Friedkin ("The Exorcist") and screenwriter Tracy Letts ("Bug," also directed by Friedkin).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 8, 2012 3:32 PM
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Seattle International Film Festival Tribute Honorees: Spacek and Friedkin

The Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), announced today that it will recognize Oscar-winning actress Sissy Spacek and director William Friedkin as 2012 Tribute honorees.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • April 25, 2012 2:00 PM
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