2. The French Connection (1971) directed by William Friedkin
The French Connection is the story of two detectives in New York trying to catch a big drug deal going down. It’s based on a true story, which I didn’t know until the end of the film.
Overall the film was enjoyable. It definitely had that gritty look so characteristic for films at the time. The cinematography was pretty good with a lot of long zoom lenses used that help set the tone of the film. Throughout much of the movie the two detectives are either following the subjects or just waiting to follow them. The zoom lenses help put the viewer in the spot of the detectives by creating a sense of looking-from-afar.
Although the film starts out pretty slow it picks up speed towards the end. There is an incredible car chase that many people have proclaimed to be the best car chase on film. There are many car chases I haven’t seen yet, but it’s hard to imagine anything topping this. Another great thing about the film is that they manage to create and maintain suspense throughout most of the film.