For the last 25 years, every Cannes Film Festival has hosted a Masterclass headed up by an acclaimed and respected filmmaker. This year, director William Friedkin will uphold that tradition. Friedkin recently published a book, “The Friedkin Connection: A Memoir,” an obvious homage to his 1971 film, “The French Connection,” for which he won the Oscar for Best Director. It seems as if the director is feeling reflective, and his Masterclass will likely speak to that.
After committing to working in entertainment at the age of six when he first saw “Citizen Kane,” Friedkin got his start directing documentaries for WGN TV as well directing an episode of “The Alfred Hitchcock Hour.” Years later, he’s gifted cinema with some of the best films of the second half of the twentieth century, including “The Exorcist,” “Cruising” and “Sorcerer.”