Friedkin on "Sorcerer" (feat. brand-new DCP restoration!)

“Four men — strangers, enemies — sitting on a load of dynamite together. They have to co-operate, though they hate each other, to survive. That was a metaphor for me for the situation of the world — these different countries need each other.” — William Friedkin

After winning a Best Director Oscar for The French Connection and bringing the equally peerless The Exorcist onto the all-time highest-grossing list, William Friedkin set out on an even more ambitious path, transforming Henri-Georges Clouzot’s ‘50s classic The Wages of Fear into an equally unforgettable and literally explosive jungle nightmare — a blinding, sweat-drenched journey through Hell. As the prime vessel for Sorcerer’s quickly ratcheting tension, Roy Scheider is perfect as a one of a quartet of disgraced criminals who, while hiding out impoverished in South America, take on the hideously dangerous gig of trucking a load of nitroglycerine so volatile it could combust at the slightest jarring. Told with a minimum of dialogue, a maximum of dizzying sound design (a Friedkin trademark), stunningly iconic setpieces and the first of many rich film soundtracks by Tangerine Dream, Sorcerer was unjustly savaged by critics upon its original ‘77 release, and was also shut out of any real box office by a little picture called Star Wars (which opened just a few weeks prior.) Long out of print on pan-and-scan DVD, Sorcerer barrels onto the Cinefamily screen in a brand-new DCP restoration. Plus, William Friedkin joins us tonight in person for an in-depth conversation on the arduous journey it took to get Sorcerer on the screen!
Dir. William Friedkin, 1977, DCP, 121 min.

Watch the trailer for “Sorcerer”!