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Dark Matters: The Films of William Friedkin

Saturday, September 21, 2013
6:00 p.m. Book Signing with William Friedkin, followed by Cruising
William Friedkin (U.S., 1980)

In person/William Friedkin

Director William Friedkin introduces and signs copies of his new autobiography, The Friedkin Connection: A Memoir. Followed by screening at 6:30 p.m.

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William Friedkin (U.S., 1980)

In person/William Friedkin

Cruising strutted into NYC’s late seventies queer club scene just ahead of the AIDS epidemic. But another killer was already afoot—this one murdering gay men, not with a virus, but a knife. Resembling the victims, officer Steve Burns (Al Pacino) sheds his uniform to go undercover in the demimonde of leather bars and porn parlors. What Friedkin gives us is a randy ring of hell where orgiastic impulses clutter the clubs. As Burns digs deeper into the scene, his own repressed desires emerge, stirring an unsettling new sense of self. In this once controversial film, it’s the uniform that contains the man.
—Steve Seid

Written by Friedkin, based on the novel by Gerald Walker. Photographed by James Contner. With Al Pacino, Paul Sorvino, Karen Allen, Richard Cox. (102 mins, Color, DCP, From Warner Bros.)