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Paul Gambaccini assesses The French Connection, the first R-rated movie to win the Best Picture Oscar and an early example of the new wave in American Films.

Continuing with his look at Oscar-winning films and what they tell us about the society that gave birth to them, Paul Gambaccini turns to the first R-rated movie to win the Best Picture Oscar and one of the earliest to show the newly complete World trade towers. An early example of the new wave in American Films, The French Connection went on to win 5 Oscars and set both its leading man (Gene Hackman) and its young director (William Friedkin) on what were to become glittering careers.

Producer: Paul Kobrak.

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30 minutes