I should have mentioned the editing beyond the Oscar reference. I don't think this is the only bit of genius.I agree with pretty much everything you have written. However, the is large omission in this review. The true genius of this film is in the editing. The car chase became the model for films that is still used today. The pace and use of moving cameras, fast cuts wides shots, close ups, reflective surfaces, introduced an element of action and tension that was worthy of the Academy Award which the editor received. The entire film is edited to keep the audience on edge and succeeds completely. The French Connection was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress being culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant. When the movie came out a friend of mine -who sat through it numerous times-said there was not a scene over 17 seconds in the entire picture. Don't know if that's true but it's what he said. Anyone who wants to become film editor should watch this film.