Following a Film Comment Selects screening of the latest from legendary director William Friedkin, the filmmaker sat down with screenwriter Tracy Letts and stars Matthew McConaughey and Gina Gershon to discuss their process, making it in the industry, and the film's dark material.
The director of the Opening Night film of this year's NewFest spoke with us about his hope for his debut feature, adapting Christopher Shinn's play, the emotional complexities that drive his characters and the lasting effects of dysfunctional family dynamics.
At around 11pm on Friday the 13th I had a moment of self-doubt. I was about 15 hours into Christian Marclay’s The Clock and had just realized, with a start, that I had nine hours left to go. I shifted in my seat nervously, took a bite out of a smuggled-in baguette, and settled in for a long night.
From the Oscar-winning The French Connection to Rules of Engagement, writer-director William Friedkin explores the effects of anger, fear and trust (or lack thereof) in his male-fronted narratives.
What starts as a seemingly ordinary day, and a seemingly ordinary film, becomes something much more. This Palme d'Or-winning minimalist masterpiece from Iranian auteur Abbas Kiarostami represents NYFF '97 on Tuesday night in our ongoing 50 Years of the New York Film Festival series.
The former AMPAS president gave the world Dog Day Afternoon, Cool Hand Luke and A Star is Born, writing some of the most compelling, modern characters ever to grace the screen.