Why weren’t we all wearing one of these in 1977?

Sorcerer tshirt

I never knew this existed. Maybe it was a studio promo thing, maybe you could get ‘em at Sears. Who knows?

All I do know is, I would’ve worn it till it fell apart.

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Universal thinks we’re stupid.

Sorcerer idiot poster

At least they did back in 1977. Or maybe they decided that someone who’d want to see a movie about trucks and explosives and mud wouldn’t know how to read.

For some reason, this poster always makes me mad.

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William Friedkin and Violent Saturday (1955).

aaaaaj1_003Turns our Mr. Friedkin and I both really like Richard Fleischer’s excellent heist movie Violent Saturday (1955).¬† He’s featured in the documentary that appears on the new Blu-ray from Twilight Time.

This is a cool, cool movie, people. How many times in this life do you get to see Ernest Borgnine, dressed as an Amish guy, attack Lee Marvin with a pitchfork?

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Sorcerer Q&A with William Friedkin in Wichita.

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Leif Jonker, who organized the very successful Sorcerer screening in Wichita, KS, has made the Q&A with William Friedkin available on youtube.

Thanks to Leif for all his hard work, and of course to Mr. Friedkin for being so accommodating to fans of his work.

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Durham was great, get to Wichita.

10513260_10152305614336317_8812365825940216956_nFriday night at the Carolina Theatre in Durham, Sorcerer and I reconnected in a theater after 37 years and a few weeks. What an experience.

There was a good crowd at the Carolina. Few had seen it, and it was fun to watch their reactions. As the bridge swayed and the trucks bobbed and weaved, several people leaned the other direction to help balance things out. There were gasps in all the places you’d expect them. And for some, the film proved to be a literal nail-biter. Sorcerer continues to play its audience like a violin. Friedkin had them right where he wanted them throughout.

I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve seen this film, but it continues to impress. In a theater, larger and louder, I got a feel for John Box’s design of Porvenir, something that had eluded me over the years. On the big screen, it is stunning in its detail. And I was struck not by the brilliance of Tangerine Dream’s score, but by Friedkin’s restraint in how it was used. And I’m always knocked out by the performances.

It was terrific to have this show up on Twitter that afternoon:

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The Carolina’s presentation was wonderful. Picture and sound were flawless–The French Connection looked just as good. Thanks to Jim Carl for bringing it to town.

I urge anyone within driving distance to get to Wichita tonight.

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Friedkin helps plug Sorcerer in Wichita.

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From a good Fredkin interview about the upcoming Sorcerer screenings in Wichita:

“”I’ve always loved the film… I’ve seen some of my films years later and been disappointed, and I wasn’t at all with Sorcerer.”

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Sorcerer makes another stop. Vancouver this time.

sorcererThese Sorcerer screenings are really in high gear these days.

It’s playing July 11 and 12 at the Vancity Theatre (home of the Vancouver International Film Festival). So if Durham or Wichita won’t work for ya, load up the truck and head to Vancouver.

With temperatures here in North Carolina threatening 100 degrees this week, Canada’s sounding pretty good.

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