FC Podcast Episode 5: William Friedkin’s To Live and Die in L.A.

The new Furious Cinema Podcast is a show hosted by Pete and Seb. Join us for discussions on our favorite movies as well as other topics of interest.

William Petersen

On the fifth episode we turn to a movie we both highly appreciate, William Friedkin‘s classic 1985 crime thriller To Live and Die in L.A. starring William Petersen and Willem Dafoe, both at the very onset of their big screen careers.

Here are the films discussed in the episode.

  • To Live and Die in L.A.: There is a pretty solid BluRay (might be out of print, check out how old our announcement is) from Shout (pictured), a German equivalent came out by Capelight, the UK release is by Arrow. These discs are superior to the old MGM releases. Support FC and buy it here: From Amazon.com | From Amazon.ca | From Amazon.co.uk | From Amazon.de
  • The French Connection (we didn’t talk about the 1975 sequel)
  • Friedkin’s other early movies: The Exorcist, Sorcerer (a remake of The Wages of Fear), Cruising
  • Friedkin’s other later stage movies: Deal of the Century, The Guardian, Rampage, The Hunted, Bug, Killer Joe
  • Michael Mann‘s Thief, where Petersen also had a tiny cameo by the way, as well as Manhunter, which was made shortly after To Live and Die in L.A.

  • We made a reference to the cinema of Walter Hill from our third episode, Sebastian caught up on Brewster’s Millions, Pete brought up the similarity with Easy Money. Sebastian is also almost done with a retrospective article for our German language sister site Nischenkino, covering among other things new BluRay releases of Supernova.
  • Some other references were Putney Swope (Robert Downey Sr.), Touch of Evil (Valentin de Vargas), Electra Glide in Blue (“paper target” Robert Blake), the car chases Ronin and Bullitt, and another 80s Dafoe vehicle: Streets of Fire (also Walter Hill), The Loveless.
  • Controversial? Sebastian is not a fan of The Exorcist, for the sake of comparison finds Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby way scarier.
  • The Book: Friedkin Connection

  • We talked a bit about upcoming BluRays, do check out the BluRay calendars we have at The GCDb and The SWDb. Some titles to look out for aside from that are Heavy Metal.
  • Other good movies we have recently seen were (just some mentions) Falling Down, Boiling Point, Django & Django (the new documentary/homage to Sergio Corbucci, director of e.g. The Hellbenders, Navajo Joe, Minnesota Clay, The Specialist), Juice, Licorice Pizza, Sebastian needs to see Nightmare Alley pronto and mentioned Drive My Car as another to-see one that’s nominated for Oscars, The Mechanic, Phantom Thread, Pig.

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