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Cruising

Devil's Advocates

2020

October 21st, 2020

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In the fading atmosphere of the New Hollywood era, William Friedkin – the wunderkind director with an Academy Award for his cop drama, The French Connection (1971) who then scored an even bigger success with The Exorcist (1973) – began work on what would prove to be the most controversial film of his career: Cruising (1980). In the process he established a template for a sub-genre, the serial killer thriller, that would thrive long after his film had left theatres, having caused widespread offence among the very audience he'd hoped to appeal to, via a campaign mobilised by the counter-culture press. As such, Cruising can be read as a bitter farewell to the seventies and its cinema and industry. This Devil's Advocate dives deep into the phenomenon that is Cruising, examining its creative context and its protagonists, as well as examining its ongoing popularity as it turns 40 in 2020.


Eugenio Ercolani’s and Marcus Stiglegger’s book on William Friedkin’s Cruising is an important addition to the annals of scholarship and fandom devoted to this long neglected and underrated masterpiece of American cinema in the 1980s. Meticulously researched, it documents the gay culture that surrounds the film and its former controversial status, as well as the biographies and backgrounds of the key, creative people involved. Most importantly, it offers a new, open-minded interpretation of this wilfully fragmented and complex film. – Adrian Martin, film critic

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Eugenio Ercolani is a prolific documentarian and film historian. He has most recently published 'Darkening the Italian Screen' with McFarland Press. Marcus Stiglegger is a professor of film studies based in Berlin, and has published numerous books on film aesthetics, film history and media theory.