William Friedkin Interview
This is a Visual History Recording

Visual History with William Friedkin

Interviewed by: Jeremy Kagan

Director William Friedkin (The French Connection, The Exorcist) discusses his iconic career; beginning in the mailroom of a television station to winning the DGA Feature Film Award and becoming a premier member of the “New Hollywood” wave of filmmaking that revolutionized the industry.

William Friedkin describes how the endings of his films are intentionally ambiguous, like The Exorcist, which led fans to interpret the film's meaning in different ways that reflected their own beliefs.

Friedkin remarks on how he went behind the studio's back to reshoot an interrogation scene in The French Connection.

How he met Alfred Hitchcock while directing an episode of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour and their eventual reunion at the DGA Awards.