Monthly Archives: October 2012

The real stars of Sorcerer.

I’ve always wanted to know what the trucks in Sorcerer were. Well, here’s one of them — a two-and-a-half-ton GMC M211 U.S. military cargo truck from the early 50s. They were used in Korea. This is the truck Roy Scheider … Continue reading

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William Friedkin: “I just want it to be seen by the people who want to see it.”

Back in July, a terrific three-part interview with William Friedkin (by Brad Brevet) appeared on the Rope Of Silicon site. Part Two featured a bit on Sorcerer. The image is a “hypothetical” Criterion Collection package designed by Robert Nishimura. What … Continue reading

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Poster Gallery: Czechoslovakia.

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Movietone News’ 1977 review of Sorcerer, and a 2010 reappraisal.

Back in September of 1977, Robert C. Cumbow of Movietone News slammed Sorcerer, ragging on everything from the editing to Friedkin’s camera placement to “the director’s refusal to get close to his characters.” The review’s listing of the cast and … Continue reading

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Pre-ordered any good books lately?

Noticed that William Friedkin’s upcoming book, The Friedkin Connection: A Memoir, is now available for pre-order on Amazon (and maybe some other  places). That’s the cover on the left. The release date is listed as March 19, 2013. If your … Continue reading

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Tangerine Dream in Contemporary Keyboard, 1981.

Tangerine Dream’s Peter Baumann and Edgar Froese on their Sorcerer score. From Contemporary Keyboard magazine, April 1981. The image above is the Italian soundtrack LP. Thanks to Jacob’s Tangerine Dream blog. Peter Baumann: “The soundtrack itself, we like, but we … Continue reading

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Greetings from El Paso.

From an interview with William Friedkin that appeared in Urban Cinefile, December 2002. All filmmaking, especially at the intense level of Sorcerer, “is both an education and an adventure,” says the veteran filmmaker. “All kinds of crazy things happen. Like … Continue reading

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The Miami News, June 1977.

The review in The Miami News was not favorable. The reviewer, Jon Marlowe, accused Friedkin of “using his camera like a mop — soaking up the grime and filth and sweltering heat of the South American town where our four … Continue reading

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Japanese program.

Here’s the back cover and one spread from the Japanese program for the retitled Sorcerer (Wages Of Fear).

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Interview: Roy Scheider, New York TImes, 1977.

Roy Scheider: “What I did in Sorcerer makes Jaws look like a picnic… The stuntmen complained because the principals were doing all the stunts, but that’s the way Billy Friedkin makes movies. The most dangerous scene I’ve ever shot was … Continue reading

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