Monday, March 2, 2009

Images From My All Time Favorite Films: William Friedkin's The French Connection (1971)

***Please note that these images are taken from the original special edition DVD and not Friedkin's 'revisioning' of the film that has just been released on Blu-Ray.***










7 comments:

Keith said...

Great images. I love this film. It's one of my favorites from the 1970's.

Lastyear said...

I have the blu ray of this and I think the fuss about the color is a little overstated. It does have a slight pastel look in a few scenes but it didn't bother me much. The transfer otherwise is incredible-the level of detail revealed is much better than the SD.Considering it was shot with a lot of grain to give it more of a documentary feel it looks great.

Samuel Wilson said...

Jeremy, I'm impressed with the way you can do without the most famous images from the movie and yet convey its visual essence and period texture. Nice work.

J.D. said...

Nice screen caps. I love this film. The car chase with Hackman is insane, esp. how Friedkin shot it. From all accounts, the Blu-Ray version sounds awful and the film's cinematographer has condemned it. I'll stick with the DVD version.

Lastyear said...

J.D.-I blu ray looks great-a few scenes are slighly on the pastel side but other than that I have no complaints. It's the best it's looked in years. If no one said anything few people would notice any difference. The cinematographer was more upset over not being consulted than anything else. Looks better than the SD version.

Ned Merrill said...

The last image evokes memories of the masterful finale on Randall's Island. Was driving nearby not too long ago and all I could think about was Hackman, Scheider, Lo Bianco, and actor/stuntman Bill Hickman shooting it out--the latter was "that guy" who always seemed to be involved in these types of productions (THE SEVEN-UPS, HICKEY & BOGGS, BULLITT).

Neil Fulwood said...

Very evocative selection of images. I completely agree with Samuel's comment that you remind us of so much about the film without relying on its more famous scenes.

My immediate reaction was to dig out my DVD copy and feature 'The French Connection' as the latest title in my "personal faves" project:

http://misterneil.blogspot.com/2009/03/personal-faves-french-connection.html