'The French Connection' Film Screening: A Celebration of William Friedkin
Date: Wed. April 03, 2013
Time: 6:00 pm
Harold Washington Library Center
Cindy Pritzker Auditorium
400 S. State Street
About this event:
The Chicago Public Library presents a mini-festival celebrating acclaimed film director William Friedkin.
The French Connection is screened in a salute to William Friedkin's new memoir, The Friedkin Connection. New York City detectives 'Popeye' Doyle (Gene Hackman) and Buddy Russo (Roy Scheider) hope to break a narcotics smuggling ring and ultimately uncover The French Connection. But when one of the criminals tries to kill Doyle, he begins a deadly pursuit that takes him far outside the city limits. Based on a true story, this action-filled thriller, with its renowned chase scene, won five Academy Awards in 1971, including Best Picture, Best Director for Mr. Friedkin and Best Actor for Mr. Hackman. (1971) 104 min., DVD projection. This movie is rated R for strong language and disturbing images.
With The Friedkin Connection, Mr. Friedkin takes readers from the streets of Chicago to the suites of Hollywood and from the sixties to today, with autobiographical storytelling as fast-paced and intense as any of the auteur's films.
In addition to this program, join us on April 9 for a screening of The Exorcist and on April 16 when Mr. Friedkin appears in person!
Seating is available first come, first served and reservations are not required.