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Few modern directors have declined from youthful dynamism to middle-aged lethargy quite as spectacularly as William Friedkin (above), whose career is being celebrated at the NFT to coincide with Friday's re-release of The Exorcist. Made in 1980, Cruising marked a halfway stage with Al Pacino as intense as ever as a cop who goes undercover to track down a gay serial killer stalking New York. Eighteen years on, what's shocking isn't Friedkin's leering look at Manhattan's S&M subculture, but the half-heartedness of the suspense generated along the way by the man who, only nine years previously, had given the world The French Connection. An intriguing one-off, nevertheless.
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