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FRIEDKIN UNCUT

by Francesco Zippel

synopsis

Friedkin Uncut offers an introspective glimpse of the life and artistic career of William Friedkin, the extraordinary and unconventional director of cult movies such as The French Connection, The Exorcist, Sorcerer, Cruising and To Live and Die in L.A. For the first time Friedkin has decided to lay himself bare and guide viewers on a fascinating exploration of the themes and stories that have had the greatest influence on his life and his work.
The title of the documentary reflects at one and the same time Friedkin’s candor and eccentricity, elements that have contributed over time to the shaping of his exceptional skills as a storyteller. But Friedkin is not alone in this long and impassioned narration. A “stellar” cast of friends and collaborators have chosen to take part in this film, which from a simple tribute is transformed as the minutes pass into a genuine study in which great directors, extraordinary actors and even celebrated conductors join Friedkin to reflect on the significance of being artists and on the beauty of bringing yourself into question in the name of an artistic calling experienced in the authentic dimension of a work. A work which requires you to call on all of your talent.

international title: Friedkin Uncut
original title: Friedkin Uncut
country: Italy
sales agent: Doc & Film International
year: 2018
genre: documentary
directed by: Francesco Zippel
film run: 106'
cinematography by: Dado Carillo, Carlo Alberto Orecchia, Giuliano Graziani, Marco Tomaselli, Powell Robinson
film editing: Mariaromana Casiraghi
music: Costanza Francavilla
producer: Francesco Zippel, Federica Paniccia
production: Quoiat Films