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[on doing Sorcerer
(1977) after The Exorcist
(1973)] I was looking for a grittier subject that was more in line with the films that I felt the closest kinship to: action-adventure films that were really offbeat but very profound.
Was offered the chance to direct The Exorcist
(1973) by producer William Peter Blatty
after Blatty screened The French Connection
(1971). Warner Bros. had been pressuring him to use another director but after seeing Friedkin's film, Blatty decided he wanted the film of his novel to be infused with as much energy as Friedkin had brought to "The French Connection".
Frequently uses a hand-held camera in action sequences