Films viewed in 2011

144. The French Connection

In Drama on August 18, 2011 at 2:15 PM

Dir. William Friedkin

A pair of NYC cops in the Narcotics Bureau stumble onto a drug smuggling job with a French connection.

MY TAKE

The French Connection cleaned up at the 1971 Oscars, but all anyone talks about today is the chase sequence. I can appreciate the lopsided praise. The film is a smart and tight thriller overall, but the tension earned by a chase in busy streets, with clear dangers and a distinct trajectory set a standard rarely met to this day. I don’t hear much about the sequel, but I’m curious.

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