The results are in! The winner of this year’s Audience Choice vote is… drumroll… The French Connection (1971), William Friedkin’s classic New York cop thriller starring Gene Hackman (The Conversation, The Royal Tenenbaums) and Roy Scheider (Jaws, All That Jazz).
From the man who brought us The Exorcist (1973) and more recently Killer Joe (2011), The French Connection follows Jimmy ‘Popeye’ Doyle and Buddy ‘Cloudy’ Russo, a pair of hard-nosed Brooklyn detectives who stumble upon a transatlantic drug operation and set about bringing the elusive Frog One (Fernando Rey) to justice.
Thank you to everyone who voted in this year’s poll. If your choice didn’t win we hope it won’t deter you from joining us this October, it’s still guaranteed to be an enjoyable night (free to Minicine members) headlined by a masterpiece of 70s American cinema.
Based on real life events, the film was a hugely critical and commercial success upon its release and would go on to win five Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Hackman), Best Adapted Screenplay and Film Editing. In 2005, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
In the same vein as other productions of the time, such as Dog Day Afternoon (1975), The Conversation (1974), Dirty Harry (1971) and Taxi Driver (1976), The French Connection is a prime example of the gritty realist dramas that defined the decade, peppered with charismatic villains and jaded anti-heroes, moral ambiguity and social reflection.
Thanks to taut storytelling and direction, Friedkin provides a clinic in lean and engaging filmmaking. Hackman’s performance too offers a character study of determination and obsession.
As always, October’s Minicine at The Mills film night will include a selection of shorts to compliment our feature presentation. The event takes place Thursday 23 October from 7PM at The Palace Picturehouse in Armley Mills Industrial Museum.
See you there!
*UPDATED* Keeping the theme of ‘audience choice’ running through this month, the lovely folk at Noisette Bakehouse asked what you would like them to bake for this month’s screening. The results are in and this Thursday they’ll be serving up the amazing sounding Spiced Pear Buckle. Nom nom nom nom nom!
- Spiced Pear Buckle – 50%
- Salted Caramel Brownies – 33%
- Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies – 17%
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