“TCM Tribute: William Friedkin’s Film Legacy”


Turner Classic Movies will honor the late William Friedkin’s life and career with a two-night event, showcasing five of his films. The first three will air on Thursday, September 14, featuring “The French Connection,” “To Live and Die in L.A.,” and “The Boys in the Band.” The second night, Sunday, November 26, will include the TCM premiere of the documentary “Friedkin Uncut” followed by “The Exorcist.”

William Friedkin, a renowned filmmaker, directed notable works like “The French Connection,” “The Exorcist,” and “To Live and Die in L.A.” He passed away at 87 years old in Los Angeles on August 7, leaving behind a significant legacy.

His impact was felt by collaborators like Linda Blair and Ellen Burstyn, who praised his genius and friendship, and filmmakers like David Gordon Green and Eli Roth who called him an inspiration.

TCM’s tribute reflects Friedkin’s contributions to cinema. His filmography spans various genres, and he had a strong connection to TCM, attending their Classic Film Festivals.

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“The French Connection,” a film based on a true story about narcotics cops chasing a heroin dealer, will air first, followed by “To Live and Die in L.A.,” a neo-noir thriller, and concluding with “The Boys in the Band,” an important LGBTQ+ drama.

"TCM Tribute: William Friedkin's Film Legacy"

On November 26th, the tribute continues with the TCM premiere of the documentary “Friedkin Uncut,” which explores his life and features interviews with prominent filmmakers.

The event wraps up with a showing of Friedkin’s horror classic “The Exorcist,” a terrifying depiction of demonic possession. The film earned awards and acclaim, solidifying Friedkin’s position as a legendary director.

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