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Eugenio Ercolani and Marcus Stiglegger

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781800348363

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781800348363.001.0001

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William Friedkin’s ‘Infernal Trilogy’: Contextualizing Cruising

William Friedkin’s ‘Infernal Trilogy’: Contextualizing Cruising

(p.35) William Friedkin’s ‘Infernal Trilogy’: Contextualizing Cruising

Eugenio Ercolani

Marcus Stiglegger

Liverpool University Press

In this chapter Cruising is contextualized as part of an ‘infernal trilogy’, comprised of the subsequent To Live and Die in L.A. and Jade. Each film is set in a different American city and deals with deviant sexuality and excessive violence. All three cop films paint an infernal image of American society staring into its own abyss. With this trilogy Friedkin invokes his earlier classics: The French Connection, The Exorcist, and Sorcerer, all of which have strong connections to Cruising.

Keywords:   Cop film, horror film, thriller, New York City, Los Angeles, chase scene, BDSM, sexuality, Jade, To Live and Die in L.A, American society

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