The French Connection (1971)
The French Connection (1971)
The French Connection (1971)


The French Connection

And the Award Goes To…
(R) USA – 1 hr 44 min  
1971 · d. William Friedkin
Starring Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey

Alerted to a massive load of heroin bound for New York, obsessive narcotics cop “Popeye” Doyle (Gene Hackman) pursues the shipment with reckless, dangerous ferocity. Boasting one of cinema’s most kinetic (and justly legendary) car chases, The French Connection brought a grit and moral murkiness to the police thriller, taking the Academy Award for Best Picture. 

Shown in conjunction with the film course Oscar Zeitgeist: Best Picture as Cultural Barometer, this screening will be introduced by the course’s instructor, Paul Wright, Ph.D.

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Monday, February 10