Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403 Map
Sat, Jan 22, 2011 - Sun, Jan 23, 2011
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STRANGLE-HOLD: THE GRIPPING FILMS OF WILLIAM FRIEDKIN
Series compiled by Grant Moninger and Gwen Deglise. Program note additions by Beth Hanna.

For sheer cinematic punch, it’s hard to equal the films of director William Friedkin - THE EXORCIST, THE FRENCH CONNECTION, SORCERER and TO LIVE AND DIE IN L.A. are such great yet hard-hitting pleasures to watch, so downright addictive, that it’s easy to forget what a meticulous craftsman Friedkin is on every level.

A veteran of live television in the 1950s, Friedkin trained in documentary filmmaking in the mid-1960s - training that led to the unnerving, you-are-there realism of THE FRENCH CONNECTION and the terrible beauty of THE EXORCIST and SORCERER. "What I try to do before each film is immerse myself totally in many tangential phases of that subject before I make it - so I’m literally swimming in it before I expose a frame of film," Friedkin has observed.

Within the last two decades, Friedkin has returned to his early roots in television drama with the highly acclaimed “12 Angry Men,” and has directed episodes of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.” He has also directed such searing action films as RULES OF ENGAGEMENT and THE HUNTED and is currently shooting KILLER JOE starring Matthew McConaughey and Emile Hirsch.

We’re thrilled to welcome director William Friedkin to the Aero Theatre for a retrospective of his work.
Aero TheatreSat, Jan 22, 2011 - Sun, Jan 23, 2011
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Films in this Series at the Aero

William Friedkin in Person!
Sat, Jan 22, 2011 - 7:30pm
Aero Theatre
William Friedkin in Person!
Sun, Jan 23, 2011 - 7:30pm
Aero Theatre