Interview: Picking Up on William Friedkin's Cruising

Summary

William Friedkin will forever be remembered as one of the legendary New Hollywood directors of the 1970s. Read on for our sit-down with the man who made such classics as The Exorcist for his insights on Shakespeare, DVD restoration, the attainability of another Citizen Kane and the remastering of his 1980 gay S&M serial killer pic, Cruising. Back to Article

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Void Moon

Void Moon

Friedkin hasn't made a good movie in 30 years.

Talk about falling off.

Sep 14 - 06:53 PM

Some guy you dont know

Bruce Campbell

You've never made a good film.

Sep 14 - 07:55 PM

Jen Yamato

Jen Yamato

Geez, way to be the most negative human being on the planet. Even with a spotty filmography, the man made The French f***ing Connection and The Exorcist.

Sep 14 - 07:08 PM

lostharvestmovie

gerald clough

maybe Friedkin hasn't made a great movie in 30 years but let's see: "to live and die in la" is pretty cool and that was made in '83 or '84; i remember thinking "jade" was pretty good and "the hunted" was a really neat movie and "the hunted" is fairly recent.... the 1980s were not really a Freidkin type of decade anyways... I remember sitting in the theaters in the 1980s and just wishing for the kinds of '70s films that Friedkin was making.... Friedkin is a pretty cool filmmaker.

www.lostharvest.com

Sep 14 - 07:41 PM

Some guy you dont know

Bruce Campbell

You've never made a good film.

Sep 14 - 07:55 PM

Void Moon

Void Moon

Listen....do you hear that???

Sounds like a bunch of babies crying.....waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa............

Sep 14 - 09:17 PM

monkeyonaspring

Sam Dunning

Using a baby crying simile for an insult is more commonly employed by children. If you are going to make a come-back make it intelligent, please...

Sep 15 - 09:07 AM

Some guy you dont know

Bruce Campbell

Enough from you, son.

Sep 15 - 10:24 AM

monkeyonaspring

Sam Dunning

Using a baby crying simile for an insult is more commonly employed by children. If you are going to make a come-back make it intelligent, please...

Sep 15 - 09:07 AM

Some guy you dont know

Bruce Campbell

Enough from you, son.

Sep 15 - 10:24 AM

Loserman

Fred Doberson

To proclaim Friedkin hasn't done a good movie in 30 years is a proclamation of your own unawareness. While Friedkin's filmography isn't miles long, what it does encompass is a variety of provocatives. Sure, his modern stuff may not match up to his earlier promise, but there are inklings of it throughout. I thought Bug was very effective, probably his most consistent film since To Live And Die In L.A., an unsung '80s film (one of the few gritty ones from the Reagan years). I think someone needs his diaper changed.

Sep 15 - 11:04 AM

Void Moon

Void Moon

O....I'm sorry....he hasn't made a good film in 23 years.

My bad.

lol

30 years to 23 years....whatever....the guy is irrelevant.

That's like praising Steven Spielberg if he had only done DUEL and JAWS (late 70's) and then didn't do anything since then.

The guy's not exactly kicking over in his grave....so why don't he step up to the plate and get on some good scripts again?

You tell me that.

All the interviews I've seen him in he comes off as a pompous, arrogant know-it-all.

This, after he hasn't been relevant in 30 years.

Bitter, maybe?

Sep 15 - 11:35 AM

Loserman

Fred Doberson

Who's bitter exactly? For whatever reason, you came out of the gates swinging at Friedkin. Did you discover authenticity issues with the leather bar scenes in "Cruising" or something?

Aside from box office receipts, has Spielberg really done anything as good as Duel or Jaws?

And, in all seriousness, do you think any of the serious dramas of the 1970s would be greenlit in today's commercial film market? Friedkin and many other directors from the bygone days could be sitting on some good scripts and just can't receive the time of day because of the newbies who control the purse strings in Hollywood. When lauded filmmakers such as Herzog, Lynch, Scorsese, Allen, etc., struggle today to get financial backing for their films, something ain't right. Does that make them irrelevant too?

Your associating Friedkin to being pompous, arrogant and a know-it-all says more about you than him. Why is sharing knowledge a detriment? Yep, thinking and learning are so 20th Century. At least his knowledge base is deeper and more broad than most directors', which is typically based upon bad television shows from the last 10 years. So, yes, you've made it clear you don't like the guy. Some of us wish Friedkin could be given more opportunities to express himself through cinema. Why the scorched earth vitriol?

Sep 15 - 01:02 PM

dracus

Cap Nord

You said: "Aside from box office receipts, has Spielberg really done anything as good as Duel or Jaws?"

Overall I agree with your comment on Friedkin, but you really should have left that line about Spielberg out since it belittles everything else you said.

Sep 16 - 05:10 AM

Void Moon

Void Moon

O....I'm sorry....he hasn't made a good film in 23 years.

My bad.

lol

30 years to 23 years....whatever....the guy is irrelevant.

That's like praising Steven Spielberg if he had only done DUEL and JAWS (late 70's) and then didn't do anything since then.

The guy's not exactly kicking over in his grave....so why don't he step up to the plate and get on some good scripts again?

You tell me that.

All the interviews I've seen him in he comes off as a pompous, arrogant know-it-all.

This, after he hasn't been relevant in 30 years.

Bitter, maybe?

Sep 15 - 11:35 AM

Loserman

Fred Doberson

Who's bitter exactly? For whatever reason, you came out of the gates swinging at Friedkin. Did you discover authenticity issues with the leather bar scenes in "Cruising" or something?

Aside from box office receipts, has Spielberg really done anything as good as Duel or Jaws?

And, in all seriousness, do you think any of the serious dramas of the 1970s would be greenlit in today's commercial film market? Friedkin and many other directors from the bygone days could be sitting on some good scripts and just can't receive the time of day because of the newbies who control the purse strings in Hollywood. When lauded filmmakers such as Herzog, Lynch, Scorsese, Allen, etc., struggle today to get financial backing for their films, something ain't right. Does that make them irrelevant too?

Your associating Friedkin to being pompous, arrogant and a know-it-all says more about you than him. Why is sharing knowledge a detriment? Yep, thinking and learning are so 20th Century. At least his knowledge base is deeper and more broad than most directors', which is typically based upon bad television shows from the last 10 years. So, yes, you've made it clear you don't like the guy. Some of us wish Friedkin could be given more opportunities to express himself through cinema. Why the scorched earth vitriol?

Sep 15 - 01:02 PM

dracus

Cap Nord

You said: "Aside from box office receipts, has Spielberg really done anything as good as Duel or Jaws?"

Overall I agree with your comment on Friedkin, but you really should have left that line about Spielberg out since it belittles everything else you said.

Sep 16 - 05:10 AM

Loserman

Fred Doberson

Who's bitter exactly? For whatever reason, you came out of the gates swinging at Friedkin. Did you discover authenticity issues with the leather bar scenes in "Cruising" or something?

Aside from box office receipts, has Spielberg really done anything as good as Duel or Jaws?

And, in all seriousness, do you think any of the serious dramas of the 1970s would be greenlit in today's commercial film market? Friedkin and many other directors from the bygone days could be sitting on some good scripts and just can't receive the time of day because of the newbies who control the purse strings in Hollywood. When lauded filmmakers such as Herzog, Lynch, Scorsese, Allen, etc., struggle today to get financial backing for their films, something ain't right. Does that make them irrelevant too?

Your associating Friedkin to being pompous, arrogant and a know-it-all says more about you than him. Why is sharing knowledge a detriment? Yep, thinking and learning are so 20th Century. At least his knowledge base is deeper and more broad than most directors', which is typically based upon bad television shows from the last 10 years. So, yes, you've made it clear you don't like the guy. Some of us wish Friedkin could be given more opportunities to express himself through cinema. Why the scorched earth vitriol?

Sep 15 - 01:02 PM

dracus

Cap Nord

You said: "Aside from box office receipts, has Spielberg really done anything as good as Duel or Jaws?"

Overall I agree with your comment on Friedkin, but you really should have left that line about Spielberg out since it belittles everything else you said.

Sep 16 - 05:10 AM

Void Moon

Void Moon

Hmmm.....Spielberg has done little movies like Schindler's List and Saving Private Ryan, etc.

Have you heard of them? : )

And how does Scorses struggle to get financial backing? Ever see a movie called The Gangs of New York (and its monumental sets of old New York), as well as The Aviator?

Herzog is underrated and doesn't get the respect he deserves, but that doesn't stop him from making quality projects, no matter the financial backing, year after year.

And I never said I didn't like the guy.

It's called stating facts.

Look up the word: Fact(s)

The equation = you make a decent movie, you'll almost 99% of the time get financial backing of a sort.

I'm just amazed at the utter lack of knowledgable posters on here who actually know film history (and it shows in the posts above, concerning Scorsese, etc.).

Consider yourself served, sir.

Sep 15 - 02:32 PM

Some guy you dont know

Bruce Campbell

There are billions of people on this planet.

Only a few will ever make a great film.
Even fewer will ever make a horror masterpiece like 'The Exorcist'.
Even fewer will ever make an additional three great films.

The great 12 Angry Men remake, directed by sir William Friedkin was made only 10 years ago. Not 30.

The man has made four great films. Most people struggle to make one. The man has earned atleast some respect.

Sep 15 - 03:16 PM

Void Moon

Void Moon

Very true, Bruce.

He does deserve respect.

I'll get him credit where credit is do.


Read my first post--all I wrote was: "Friedkin hasn't made a good movie in 30 years. Talk about falling off."

And that was a statement of fact.

It can't be denied.


Sep 15 - 03:55 PM

Void Moon

Void Moon

Very true, Bruce.

He does deserve respect.

I'll get him credit where credit is do.


Read my first post--all I wrote was: "Friedkin hasn't made a good movie in 30 years. Talk about falling off."

And that was a statement of fact.

It can't be denied.


Sep 15 - 03:55 PM

Some guy you dont know

Bruce Campbell

12 Angry Men.

All I'm saying.

Sep 15 - 04:14 PM

Void Moon

Void Moon

12 Angry Men was a freaking television movie remake of Sidney Lumet's classic 12 ANGRY MEN (Henry Fonda).

It wasn't even an original piece. It was Lumet's classic filmed for 1997 TV.

Get your facts straight.

My god.

Sep 15 - 04:58 PM

Some guy you dont know

Bruce Campbell

It was great remake though.

So... What's your point? Are you saying no (TV) remake can be good?

Sep 15 - 05:17 PM

Void Moon

Void Moon

It's basically exactly like the remake of Hitchcock's classic, Psycho, which came out in 1998 starring Vince Vaughn as Norman Bates.

It used the exact same script (and even imitated the original in camera-flow and shot sequences).

It wasn't original, and it's far from creative.

Friedkin took the script from Lumet's classic and made it into a direct-to-television remake.

Thing is, the Psycho remake (1998) sucked, but the tv movie 12 Angry Men (1997) remake was watchable.

My beef with not crediting Friedkin for it is:

#1-It wasn't original
#2-Same script
#3-Tv movie

And #3 sets it in motion.

It's a TV movie.

Should I care that Quentin Tarantino wrote AND directed a two-hour long episode of CSI?

Yes. It was decent.

But it was still just TV (though more original than a remake) and SHOULD NOT be equated with ANY of his film work (Pulp Fiction, etc.).

Though TV and film have many ties and relations (think about all the mini-movie episodes of shows like THE SOPRANOS, etc.), they are still two different mediums.

Copy? : )

Sep 15 - 05:36 PM

Some guy you dont know

Bruce Campbell

Wow... You are picky.

Or were you just looking for a loophole?

Sep 15 - 05:42 PM

Void Moon

Void Moon

Haha...nah, I'm not picky, I just actually know what I'm talking about, compared to others around here.......

Any experienced filmmaker will tell you the same thing. Go ask.

Btw, I think all that baby crying finally died down....



Sep 15 - 05:45 PM

Void Moon

Void Moon

Haha...nah, I'm not picky, I just actually know what I'm talking about, compared to others around here.......

Any experienced filmmaker will tell you the same thing. Go ask.

Btw, I think all that baby crying finally died down....



Sep 15 - 05:45 PM

Some guy you dont know

Bruce Campbell

I am an experienced filmmaker though.

I did direct classics like 'Man with the Screaming Brain' and 'Fanalysis' afterall.

Sep 15 - 05:55 PM

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