Monday, January 30, 2006

 

A French Connection?

William Friedkin's The French Connetion, released in 1971, ushered in the gritty filmmaking of the 1970s. The film earned five Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Screenplay. But, it also seemed to usher in a glut of "french" titled films that flooded theaters in the years that followed that decade. In 1973, there was The French Conspiracy, which also starred Roy Scheider (of French Connection fame). In 1974, we had French Provincial. In 1975, The French Detective and the John Frankenheimer-directed sequel to The French Connection both opened. By 1979, French Quarter and French Postcards were added to the list.

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