William Friedkin, “Billy” to his friends, may be making smaller movies these days, but he’s never once slowed down. While shooting To Live and Die in L.A. he managed to top himself, one-upping the famous car chase from his own The French Connection, and in the process turning out a hard, stylish, amped up crime thriller. Killer Joe, his second adaptation of a Tracy Letts play, is a work as take-it-or-leave-it confrontational as his legendary The Exorcist, a movie whose subject matter he’s returned to with his diabolical documentary The Devil and Father Amorth. Still going strong today, Friedkin’s late films complement his early work in documentary and stage adaptation (The People vs. Paul Crump, The Boys in the Band), while his fascination with the evil done by man—perhaps with a little help from the devil—has never waned.
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