The French Connection
Dir. William Friedkin. 1971, 104 mins. DCP. With Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey, Tony Lo Bianco. “I felt this was a kind of crude poem to the city,” said director William Friedkin with regard to this most successful of Fun City movies, which won Best Picture and four other Oscars, including Gene Hackman’s for Best Actor. The justly celebrated car and elevated subway chase through Bensonhurst required an actual Transit Authority motorman on set and five weeks to complete.
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