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Film, "Interior. Leather Bar.": Finally, the Gay Sex of <i>Cruisin'</i> Comes to Light

"Interior. Leather Bar.": Finally, the Gay Sex of Cruisin' Comes to Light

To avoid an X-rating for Cruising, his 1980 film about a cop (Al Pacino) who goes undercover to catch a killer in New York's homosexual S&M underworld, director William Friedkin cut more than a half-hour's worth of explicit queer sex.…
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Film, "Killer Joe": William Friedkin Tells Us What's Wrong with Hollywood

"Killer Joe": William Friedkin Tells Us What's Wrong with Hollywood

"I'll just tell you straight out, Killer Joe is the most disturbing film I've ever made," William Friedkin admits. This is really something, coming from a filmmaker who has spent much of an eclectic career testing audience limits. The Exorcist…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Last Action Hero

The Last Action Hero

Back in the ´70s, William Friedkin was the thinking man’s action director. He came out of television in Chicago, where he made documentaries, and one of his first movies when he got to L.A. was an adaptation of Harold Pinter's…
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Film, Jitter<i>Bug</i>


The most volatile, least easily psychoanalyzed of '70s auteurs in Peter Biskind's classic New Hollywood tell-all Easy Riders, Raging Bulls, William Friedkin may have mellowed since unleashing The Exorcist, sliding into box-office hell, and marrying a major studio boss. Indeed,…
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Music, House of Tudor House of Tudor

House of Tudor

I find it disconcerting that 19-year-old Peter Cincotti embodies more sophistication and suavity than all my past boyfriends and unrequited loves combined. Granted, men who wear French cuffs don't often frequent the same establishments as men who like to drop…
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Music, House of Tudor House Of Tudor

House Of Tudor

The classically trained voice of mezzo-soprano Odetta began to burrow into more dusty depths when she turned to folk music in 1949. First heard on 1954's The Tin Angel, Odetta's voice enters through the bottoms of the feet and coils…
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Zoom Lens

A Tribute to William Friedkin The gifted, elusive William Friedkin is one of cinema's more curious cases. The creator of hugely popular, indeed groundbreaking films like The French Connection and The Exorcist, he's now fatally linked to the excesses of…
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Stone Cold

Jade is a beautifully composed, well-acted, very bad movie -- a "sensual mystery," as the producers proclaim, that makes no sense in its lavish dumbness. Both director William Friedkin and screenwriter Joe Eszterhas figure prominently in the iconography of American…
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Bite Your Tongue

Two protests in as many weeks -- at the Roxie over the screening of Cruising and a direct action at a Project Inform benefit dinner -- pose the question: Are some activists casting a chill on open debate? Facing on-and-off…
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Psycho Thriller

Cruising isn't really a gay movie, but it was snuffed at birth in February 1980 by a gay boycott whose leaders objected to the film's unsanitized portrait of the leather demimonde. Much of the film was shot in the meatpacking…
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Reel World

You Only Live Once The latest word from Quentin Tarantino's world headquarters is that the man of the moment has persuaded Miramax to grant him his very own distribution arm -- not unlike the vanity labels the big record companies…
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