USC presents An Evening With William Friedkin and Sorcerer, his recently re-evaluated masterwork from 1977. The ambitious story of a ragtag group led by Roy Scheider (Jaws, All That Jazz) transporting big rigs full of volatile nitroglycerin across South America was an expensive flop at the time of its release, which came just a month after Star Wars. The phenomenal success of Friedkin’s prior two films — The French Connection and The Exorcist — only made the disappointment sharper. Sorcerer has come to be appreciated in the years and decades since, in part because of the same unwieldy qualities that made it so hard to process in the first place. Friedkin will do a Q&A after the film. cinema.usc.edu.
Fri., Feb. 6, 7-10 p.m., 2015
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