Damien Chazelle Pays Tribute to William Friedkin in Moving Speech at ‘The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial’ Venice Premiere: ‘He Was Fearless’

Damien Chazelle paid tribute to late great director William Friedkin on Sunday in a moving speech at the Venice Film Festival where Friedkin’s last film “The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial” premiered out-of-competition to warm applause.Friedkin, who died on Aug.

7 in Los Angeles at age 87, completed the film – which stars Kiefer Sutherland as Lt.

Commander Queeg who stands trial for mutiny for taking command from a ship captain he feels is acting in a mentally unstable way that is endangering both the ship and its crew – shortly before passing,“When I first became aware of the name Billy Friedkin I was a child, and the name itself filled me with fear,” said Chazelle, who is presiding over this year’s Venice jury.“I probably had ‘The Exorcist’ in my mind.

I hadn’t see the film yet, but I’d seen the letters written in that typeface, and the sound…

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