A cop in a car chases a crook on a train. Several years before he started to film his movie, said director William Friedkin in an NPR interview, he had seen the chase scene in Bullitt, and knew that he couldn’t just have two cars chasing each other on empty streets. So he threw in a bunch of pedestrians and an elevated subway train. Instant gold. Filmed on the streets of the Coney Island neighborhood in Brooklyn, Friedkin claims that “most of the chase scene was done by a car going 90 miles an hour for 26 blocks.” He edited the whole thing to the Santana song “Black Magic Woman,” which gave it “a pre-ordained rhythm that came from music.” The best shot of the entire sequence might be the long shot of the car on the street keeping pace under the elevated train. Very simple, very real. The same thing can be said of this entire chase.
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