Official Trailer for 'Friedkin Uncut' Documentary About the Filmmaker

August 19, 2019
Source: Vimeo

Friedkin Uncut Doc Trailer

"The whole story of Hollywood can be expressed in one sentence." Ambi Dist. has released an official trailer for the filmmaking documentary titled Friedkin Uncut, about William Friedkin (director of The French Connection, The Exorcist, Sorcerer). This initially premiered at the Venice Film Festival last year, and it's opening in US theaters this month for curious cinephiles. Venezia explains: "The title of the documentary reflects at one and the same time Friedkin’s candor and eccentricity, elements that have contributed over time to the shaping of his exceptional skills as a storyteller." It's more than just a simple tribute or look at his career, many other talented artists "join Friedkin to reflect on the significance of being artists and on the beauty of bringing yourself into question in the name of an artistic calling experienced in the authentic dimension of a work." The film has appearances by Francis Ford Coppola, Quentin Tarantino, Willem Dafoe, Wes Anderson, Matthew McConaughey, Ellen Burstyn, Michael Shannon, and Juno Temple. Watch below.

Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Francesco Zippel's doc Friedkin Uncut, direct from Vimeo:

Friedkin Uncut Doc Poster

Friedkin Uncut offers an introspective glimpse of the life and artistic career of William Friedkin, the extraordinary and unconventional director of cult movies such as The French Connection, The Exorcist, Sorcerer, Cruising and To Live and Die in L.A. For the first time, William Friedkin has decided to lay himself bare and guide viewers on a fascinating exploration of the themes and stories that have had the greatest influence on his life & his work. Friedkin Uncut is directed by Italian actor / filmmaker Francesco Zippel, making his feature directorial debut with the film. This first premiered at the Venice Film Festival last year, and also played at the Chicago and DocLisboa Film Festivals. Ambi will release Zippel's Friedkin Uncut doc film in select US theaters starting August 23rd, 2019 coming up this month. Who's interested?

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I liked his French Connection much more than The Exorcist. Looks like down to Earth guy. Interesting combination in film making business ...

shiboleth on Aug 19, 2019


Yea, same here, shibboleth. French Connection hit on all cylinders, that's for sure. Hackman was great in it. I'm not a big fan of The Exorcist, but it's a very well made film and very effective too in what it sets out to do.

thespiritbo on Aug 19, 2019


Yeah, I could say same things about those two. Unfortunately, The Exorcist has given a lot of excuses for a bunch of movies today that, honestly, contaminate films generally. Just saying ...

shiboleth on Aug 20, 2019


After the trailer, I immediately ordered "Sorcerer" from Netflix...I woefully have never seen it, kept slipping by me. Nice to see William Petersen again.

kitano0 on Aug 19, 2019


Good for you. Sorcerer is my favorite Friedkin film and I loved, loved The French Connection and To Live and Die In L.A. In fact, I liked Sorcerer much, much more than the original French film Wages of Fear. I hope you like this film of his as much as I did. I've always wondered why it didn't do well at the box office. Too bleak, real/authentic and gritty for the mass audience I suppose. I don't know, but it's also one of my favorite films of all time. Good luck.

thespiritbo on Aug 19, 2019


Well, that's what I love about a lot of 70's cinema...authentic, but with obvious artistic merit. It's funny how classic movies can slip by ...heck, I didn't see "Mary Poppins" (the original) until last year, and I love Disney, but there you go!

kitano0 on Aug 19, 2019

7, I've never seen Mary Poppins and have no intention of doing so...which is a massive under statement. I've seen enough clips and trailers thru out the years to know to stay far, far away from

thespiritbo on Aug 20, 2019


Oh, it's good in fact I saw it twice in the same evening (the second time had trivia about the movie in the subtitles.) It's just that I sang the songs so much in my youth, in chorus, I had become complacent about watching the movie. But it's really beautiful, and Andrews is wonderful.

kitano0 on Aug 20, 2019


....ahhhhhhh....well...okay...different stokes for different folks and all that. I'm glad you enjoyed yourself so much watching the movie. There's a lot to be said for that. I felt similar while watching just didn't sing gator. Cheers!

thespiritbo on Aug 21, 2019


Do you like good musicals? Are you are fan of good animation? If you answer yes to both of those, then MP is required least once! I mean, dancing penguins, man...

kitano0 on Aug 21, 2019


I don't know what to say. I saw the French version of Sorcerer (Wages of Fear) and I really liked it. Never saw Friedkin's (on account that I mostly don't like remakes). Makes me wonder what should I do (although, I know exactly what is there to do) ...

shiboleth on Aug 20, 2019


You should watch Sorcerer, is what you should hate telling anyone what they should do....however, because you've seen Wages of Fear it'll be a good opportunity as Sorcerer is far from an ordinary remake. Like I said, I like it better than Wages. Hope you take a look at it. I find it hard to think that you'd be disappointed. It is one of Friedkin's best in my opinion. Good luck.

thespiritbo on Aug 20, 2019


From my experience, it is unusual when you advocate to see a remake, but I trust in your judgment, definitely. When I get the chance, I'll do it and try remember to report back on it ... Cheers ...

shiboleth on Aug 21, 2019

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