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William Friedkin takes a high-speech chase through his career
William Friedkin takes a high-speech chase through his career

Filmmaker William Friedkin, who's best known for such landmark films as "The French Connection" and "The Exorcist" in the early '70s, looks back on a long career directing movies, opera and theater in his new memoir, "The Friedkin Connection." Why do you think Sonny Bono, whom you directed in the 1967 film "Good Times," was a genius, as you write? Sonny Bono was a guy who created a number of No. 1 hit songs in the '60s. At first they might have sounded to a lot of older people like popcorn songs, bubble gum, but those songs, many of them, are really strong and they stand the test of time. He would go into a recording studio —...

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