Quentin Tarantino, Willem Dafoe, Wes Anderson and Francis Ford Coppola Star in Latest TaTaTu Movie
Hot on the heels of a movie about the Lamborghini— as well John Travolta’s recent movie, The Poison Rose — new streaming platform TaTaTu is launching something a little more offbeat but very intriguing. It’s a feature about the life of director William Friedkin.
Most famous for classic horror flick The Exorcist, Friedkin is something of an industry legend, having also directed The French Connection and To Live and Die in L.A.
The new movie about his life, Friedkin Uncut may be quirky but the cast of participants is A-list. Francis Ford Coppola, Quentin Tarantino, Willem Dafoe, Wes Anderson, Matthew McConaughey, Ellen Burstyn also play a part.
Early reviews are extremely positive about a documentary that doesn’t just follow the story of a famous director, but draws out the pure enjoyment of the creative process. This is something that Friedkin had in abundance.
He also worked his way to the top, starting out as a mailroom worker in WGN-TV at the age of 16. By the mid-60s, Friedkin was directing TV shows and documentaries. But The French Connection in 1971 was his first real hit, winning five Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director. Two years’ later The Exorcist received ten Oscar nominations and catapulted Friedkin into the major league. Only released into a few cinemas by Warner Bros, its commercial success quickly ensured much wider distribution. Variety described it as “an expert telling of a supernatural horror story … The climactic sequences assault the senses and the intellect with pure cinematic terror”. BBC critic Mark Kermode has called it “my favourite film of all time”.
Director of Friedkin Uncut is Francesco Zippel, who himself has a fine back catalogue. Zippel is known for his work on the life of film mogul Dino De Laurentiis, unconventional filmmaker Nicholas Ray as well as Italian journalist Indro Montanelli.
Zippel also worked with Wes Anderson on The Grand Budapest Hotel but it was his co-operation with Friedkin on The Devil and Father Amorth, presented to the Venice Film Festival in 2017 that provided him with the genesis for Friedkin Uncut.
Fortunately Friedkin isn’t as scary as his most famous movie. The Exorcist is “one of the most terrifying films in the history of cinema”, according to Zippel. But Friedkin “is an ironic, intelligent, anti-conformist, able to cross decades of life and cinema with the conscious lightness of a kid,” he believes.
“This is what I wanted to capture the day I was about to ask my first question to Mr Friedkin,” Zippel adds. “I never imagined that the same feeling was shared by the many great artists that have helped in cutting this portrait.”
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