Today's letter from the Editor
£16500 - £18500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: One of the leading Mercedes-Ben...
£27500 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...
£19500 - £23500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Experienced B2B Telemarketer wa...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This global company are looking for two Showro...
Page 3 Profile: William Friedkin, director
Is The Exorcist on re-release for the 37th time?
No, surprisingly. This time it’s his underrated 1977 film Sorceror that’s being restored for today’s cinema audiences. He’s in the Venice Film Festival to promote the film, and yesterday he was also bestowed with the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement. The 77-year-old is a favourite of cinephiles worldwide, and his 1971 movie The French Connection and 1973’s The Exorcist are rightly regarded as classics.
Hasn’t done much in a while, has he?
You’re wrong! In 2011 he released Killer Joe, an audacious romp starring Matthew McConaughey that made it impossible for those who’d seen it to look at fried chicken in the same way again. It was hardly a roaring success, but then it was made without the help of the major studios.
Then why not call his friends at Warner Bros or Sony?
Not the best option if you want to maintain some semblance of originality, according to the director himself. Hollywood’s big players only commission films that have “someone wearing a spandex suit with a letter on his chest flying around the world saving it from evil”, he told Deadline. “I don’t want to do that. I don’t even want to watch it.”
Who’s behind the restoration of Sorceror?
That’ll be, err, Warner Bros.
The studio could make a tidy profit from it in the long run. Overshadowed by Star Wars on its original release and a flop with critics, its reputation has soared over the past few years and both Quentin Tarantino and Roger Ebert counted it among their favourites. The film, which follows a group of outcasts taking a cargo of dynamite through the jungle, is the one Friedkin claims came closest to his original vision.
- 1 'Cheeky' Nando's under fire for apparently coming onto a customer on Twitter
- 2 Saudi Arabia mosque bombing: Two volunteer security guards hailed as heroes for stopping Isis suicide bomber reaching worshippers
- 3 Playboy model April Summers speaks out about being a victim of revenge porn
- 4 There is something wrong but very right about this Bible illustration
- 5 iPhone 'effective power' text: how to be safe from iOS bug that lets people crash your phone