By William Friedkin

The long-awaited memoir from the Academy Award–winning director of such mythical motion pictures as The French Connection, The Exorcist, and To stay and Die in LA, The Friedkin Connection takes readers from the streets of Chicago to the suites of Hollywood and from the sixties to this day, with autobiographical storytelling as fast moving and excessive as any of the auteur's films.

William Friedkin, maverick of yankee cinema, deals a candid examine Hollywood, when traditional storytelling gave technique to the rebellious and replacement; while filmmakers like him captured the paranoia and worry of a country present process a cultural apprehensive breakdown.

The Friedkin Connection comprises sixteen pages of black-and-white photographs.

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