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The French Connection
"Did you ever pick your feet in Poughkeepsie?"
It’s our ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY, everyone! That’s right, we’ve been doing this podcast for one year now, and what better way to celebrate than with the next in our Great Car Chase series—William Friedkin’s 1971 Best Picture Oscar-winner, “The French Connection.” Join us—Pete Wright and Andy Nelson—as we celebrate one of our absolute favorite films. We talk about the fantastic car chase in this film and how Friedkin and his producer Philip D’Antoni—who also produced “Bullitt”—worked hard to come up with a way to kick it up a notch and create what is now regarded one of the best car chases in cinema history. We chat about Friedkin’s documentary background and what he brought to the table, creating a gritty vibe and a new style of filmmaking that would change the nature of cop films for years to come. We discuss the fantastic performances all through the film—Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey, etc.—and how they tapped into this gritty realism by working with their real-life counterparts. We also, of course, talk about the real French connection case that this was based on, who was involved, how they helped with this film, and how the film and the real story differ. And we look at 1971’s other cop films and Oscar nominees to see how this film compares. It’s top-notch filmmaking and certainly a movie we like. We have a blast talking about it and hope you enjoy listening.
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