The Film That Lit My Fuse is a Deadline video series that aims to provide an antidote to grim headlines about industry uncertainty by swinging the conversation back to the creative ambitions, formative influences and inspirations of some of today’s great screen artists.
Every installment asks the same five questions. Answering them today is the iconic director William Friedkin. After beginning his career directing live television, Friedkin moved to feature films and he became one of the stars of the ’70s, when Hollywood was ruled by auteur filmmakers. His great and provocative films include The Exorcist, The French Connection (for which he won the Academy Award for Best Director on a film that won Best Picture), To Live and Die In L.A., Sorcerer, Cruising, Killer Joe and many others.
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