ENTERTAINMENT 04/29/2018 09:03 am ET The Oscar-winning director of "The French Connection" and "The Exorcist" discusses his new documentary, the Trumpian zeitgeist and the "evil" in the world. By Matthew Jacobs In 1973, William Friedkin released “The Exorcist,” one of the highest-grossing and most applauded horror movies in history. In 2018, William Friedkin released “The Devil and the Father Amorth,” a documentary about exorcisms. The movie landscape has drastically changed in the intervening years, but William Friedkin hasn’t. He is still a dazzling raconteur. His most recent fiction features, “Bug” (2006) and “Killer Joe” (2011), boast the same moody panache seen in the movies that launched his career, including “The Boys in the Band” (1970), “The French Connection” (1971), “The Exorcist,” “Sorcerer” (1977) and “To Live and Die in L.A.” (1985). And, at 82, … [Read more...] about William Friedkin’s Faith In Exorcisms Is Unwavering. As For Diversity In Hollywood? It ‘Snags’ Him.
ENTERTAINMENT 04/23/2018 04:27 am ET "I was scared, seriously scared," says filmmaker William Friedkin. By Ed Mazza The filmmaker behind one of the best-known depictions of an exorcism in pop culture is now turning his camera on the real thing. William Friedkin, director of the 1973 horror classic “The Exorcist,” has created a documentary on one such ritual performed by Italian priest and exorcist Gabriele Amorth. “The Devil and Father Amorth” focuses on the 2016 exorcism of a middle-aged woman who believed she was possessed by the devil. “I was scared, seriously scared. I was two feet away from them ... And it was terrifying,” Friedkin told NPR of watching the exorcism. “Gradually my fear turned into empathy for her. She was in seemingly unnatural and total pain.” Friedkin showed his footage to brain surgeons and psychiatrists, none of whom could explain what was happening: “Now, … [Read more...] about ‘The Exorcist’ Director Films ‘Terrifying’ Real-Life Exorcism For His Newest Movie