Sorcerer ★★★★★

I was lucky enough to see this restored version (bye bye Pan and Scan!) on the big screen with a large sympathetic crowd. SORCERER is a film to see as big as possible and as soon as possible.

Friedkin's misanthropic lens is perfectly suited to capture the macho despair of the characters. SORCERER is a series of visceral scenes pieced together by an eerily appropriate Tangerine Dream score. Friedkin's documentary background once again aids him in portraying developments as transient moments of pure chaos. The editing within a tense jumps around defying continuity but maximizes emotional resonance. The bridge scene, the burned victims scene, the three point turn scene... all among the very best filmmaking of the 1970's.

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