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Guest Programmer: William Friedkin

William Friedkin, TCM Guest Programmer for July, won an Oscar® as Best Director for the action-packed thriller The French Connection (1971) and was again nominated for the classic horror film The Exorcist (1973). Chicago- born Friedkin, who began his career in television, also has worked as producer and screenwriter. Other notable films include Sorcerer (1977), To Live and Die in L.A. (1985) and Friedkin's most recent directorial effort, Killer Joe (2011).

Friedkin's picks include Peter Yates' Bullitt (1968), which he considers "one of the best cop films" ever made. John Huston's The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) has been a major influence on Friedkin as a filmmaker, and he believes it contains "some of the best performances" in cinema history. Friedkin looks upon Luis Buñuel's Belle de Jour (1967) as the "edgiest" film he's ever seen, and feels that Michelangelo Antonioni's Blow-Up (1966) vividly captures the spirit of the youth of its day.

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