I used to drink in a bar in the village called Lion’s Head. It was full of newspaper people. The Village Voice was around the corner, and a lot of guys from the papers would come and drink. It was a great bar full of great bullshitters. I knew a fireman that drank there occasionally and he had done a book. I thought, “Wow. That could be a really good story, about firemen.” I was so against that frigging war and I thought, what’s the opposite of a soldier going and killing people they don’t know? A fireman saving people they don’t know. I got permission, and finally ended up with a rescue team that covered all of the Bronx and Harlem.
New York is an ugly city, a dirty city. Its climate is a scandal, its politics are used to frighten children, its traffic is madness, its competition is murderous.
But there is one thing about it — once you have lived in New York and it has become your home, no place else is good enough. (c) America and Americans and Selected Nonfiction
Film based on a true story of catching bad guys transported drugs from France to USA during winter of 1961 by NYC policeman. In the beginning of 1962 Manhattan police unit was able to intercept a fifty pounds drugs load value of $32 million in Harlem. This investigation formed the basis of William Friedkin`s iconic movie – «The French Connection».
Friedkin created intense, full of stress and lot of realistic details film which combined the traits of the crime drama and thriller. Intriguing story fitted in atmosphere of dirty dangerous New York streets in earlier 60`s.
New York was a city where you could be frozen to death in the midst of a busy street and nobody would notice (c).