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.
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It’s not often that a writer or filmmaker introduces a word into general usage, but in the early 1970s, author/screenwriter William Peter Blatty and director William Friedkin put the word “exorcist” on everybody’s lips. There have been countless variations on and knockoffs of The Exorcist ever since, including many purporting to tell the truth about the practice and the people who perform it. But Friedkin isn’t having any of it. “Everything I’ve read about exorcism is bullshit,” he says. “Period. End of story. It’s stuff that’s made up by people who have agendas, people who claim to have done this and seen that, and they haven’t. I have no faith in that other stuff whatsoever, from what I’ve read and experienced. They’re not authentic. They’re not based on actual anything.” He’s quick to add, “Neither was our Exorcist movie! It’s a work of fiction that Blatty created out of … [Read more...] about William Friedkin: “Everything I’ve Read About Exorcism is Bullshit”
Review Movie Reviews Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email Enlarge this image Father Gabriele Amorth is the subject of William Friedkin's oddly slapdash documentary, The Devil and Father Amorth. William Friedkin hide caption toggle caption William Friedkin Father Gabriele Amorth is the subject of William Friedkin's oddly slapdash documentary, The Devil and Father Amorth. William Friedkin "The director of The Exorcist witnesses a real exorcism." It's a hook too devilish to resist, so in 2016 Vanity Fair sent filmmaker William Friedkin to Italy to file a story about Father Gabriele Amorth. Rome's leading exorcist was then 91 and, though he didn't yet know it, only a few months from death. He plowed ahead with his work, performing a ritual on a woman he believed to be possessed by Satan, and invited Friedkin to document it, in a rare sit-in. This was basically the plot of Friedkin's 1973 blockbuster, a landmark of horror cinema that to this day can still … [Read more...] about William Friedkin Meets ‘The Devil And Father Amorth’
“At the time I made the film The Exorcist, I had never seen an exorcism,” notes director William Friedkin at the start of The Devil and Father Amorth, a just-barely feature-length documentary. Over its 70 minutes, we will see Friedkin witness an exorcism, one of the 500,000 that reportedly transpire in Italy each year, and its subject’s ninth. (Exorcism, I guess, is like chiropractic care: One visit won’t do it.) There will be much writhing and teeth-gnashing and unflappable priestly dignity as the exorcist of the title, the 91-year-old Father Amorth, guides a purportedly possessed woman and her demon through their out with thee! paces. Rather than the festering bedroom of Friedkin’s first go at this material, The Devil and Father Amorth’s showdown between the (alleged!) forces of good and evil unfolds in a sort of sacred conference room, brightly lit and packed with family members, who dutifully hold the possessed to her chair. It drags on, the … [Read more...] about William Friedkin’s Exorcism Documentary Is Pretty Much a 70-Minute Unsolved Mysteries
MARK Kermode thinks it’s the best film ever made, but for me The Exorcist is the genre-defining masterpiece that ended up killing the horror movie stone dead. Once seen, it has the strange effect of rendering all other would-be scary films redundant. Cartoons desperately trying to cut it next to a Caravaggio. The numbers don’t lie. In the 44 years since its release, The Exorcist has grossed almost two billion dollars (pun intended). Kermode said: “There’s a theory that great films give back to you whatever it is you bring to them. It’s absolutely true with The Exorcist. Some people think it’s an outright horrorfest, but I don’t. It was written by a devout Catholic who hoped it would make people think positively about the existence of God. William Peter Blatty, who wrote the book, thought that if there are demons then there are also angels and life after death. He couldn’t see why people thought it was scary. … [Read more...] about Horror movie has a hint of a hinterland