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William Friedkin: Frayed Connections


Lennard, D, William Friedkin: Frayed Connections, The Other Hollywood Renaissance, Edinburgh University Press, D Lennard, R Barton Palmer, M Pomerance (ed), Edinburgh, Scotland, pp. 148-160. ISBN 9781474442640 (2020) [Research Book Chapter]

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Copyright 2020 editorial matter and organization Dominic Lennard, R. Barton Palmer, and Murray Pomerance Copyright 2020 the chapters their several authors, 2020

DOI: doi:10.1515/9781474442657-012


At the conclusion of his 2013 memoir, William Friedkin, citing cinema's collaborative nature, dismissively writes that he "[doesn't] give much credibility to the auteur theory." But then he seemingly hesitates: "A director's intelligence can inform a film", he concedes, before citing several of his own influences. This reticence is strange (even comedic) in the final pages of a book that catalogues the endeavors of a director notorious for his willfulness, audacity, and even brinkmanship in the service of having things his own way. Indeed, Friedkin's 1970s work demonstrates several distinctive and developing stylistic features: a mode of distanced observation carried over from his earliest documentary work, use of cryptic cutaways, a willingness to subordinate strict narrative continuity to the emotional force of the events onscreen, and often a focus on strenuous physical action.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:American cinema, film studies, William Friedkin
Research Division:Creative Arts and Writing
Research Group:Screen and digital media
Research Field:Cinema studies
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Communication
Objective Field:The media
UTAS Author:Lennard, D (Dr Dominic Lennard)
ID Code:150746
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Office of the University College
Deposited On:2022-06-27
Last Modified:2022-07-15

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