The French Connection

Friday, October 20 - Wednesday, November 1, 2023

Randy Jurgensen, retired NYPD detective and frequent Friedkin collaborator in person for an extended introduction Sunday, October 22 at 4:15 p.m.!

Two New York narcotics cops set out to bust a French drug smuggling ring.

“Director William Friedkin constructed “The French Connection” so surely that it left audiences stunned. And I don’t mean that as a reviewer’s cliché: It is literally true. In a sense, the whole movie is a chase. It opens with a shot of a French detective keeping the Continental under surveillance, and from then on the smugglers and the law officers are endlessly circling and sniffing each other. It’s just that the chase speeds up sometimes, as in the celebrated car-train sequence.” –Roger Ebert

Screening as part of our retrospective William Friedkin: Fate and Faith.

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  • Country USA
  • Year 1971
  • Running Time 104 minutes
  • Format DCP
  • Distributor Twentieth Century Fox
  • Director William Friedkin
  • Cast Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey, Tony Lo Bianco

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