The exorcist, one of the highestgrossing movies of all time, was released in 1973. Based on william peter blattys novel, i am sure that many of you are already familiar with the films. For all of those years, william peter blatty, who wrote the original novel and screenplay and produced the film, argued for a longer version. The exorcist extended directors cut, directed by william friedkin. The exorcist 1973 william friedkin, william peter blatty. The french connection, which won five academy awards, including best picture and best director, came out in 1971. A special feature from the mid 1970s on the cultural impact of william friedkins the exorcist. The exorcist director william friedkin reveals what he. William friedkin turned william peter blattys book the exorcist into the celebrated film in 1973 and successfully scared the hell out of millions of viewers. The exorcist 1973 how many horror films can you name which received an oscar nomination for best picture. But the outspoken director makes no bones about that fact that the. Horeuters originally published by the daily news on december 27, 1973. William friedkins cinematic masterpiece, the exorcist, is a timeless classic. When originally published in 1971, the exorcist became not only a bestselling literary phenomenon, but one of the most frightening and controversial novels ever written.
Its difficult to think of a horror film that caused so much controversy and polarized the audience to this degree as did the exorcist in 1973. William friedkin is the director of the exorcist 1973, which sailed to the top of our 100 best horror films poll. There has been no other film in the horror genre that has received so much. For 27 years he defended his original cut of the exorcist, says william friedkin, who directed the timeless horror classic.
Novelist william peter blatty based his bestseller on the last known catholicsanctioned exorcism in the united states. The version he constructed for the 1973 supernatural horror film, friedkin. The terrifying and realistic tale of an innocent girl inhabited by a terrifying entity, her mothers frantic. William friedkins terrifying masterpiece, based on the book and screenplay by william peter blatty, has became a classic in the genre and a firm contender for any list of most impressive horror films of all time. Two movies, made four decades ago, have overwhelmed the oeuvre of hollywood director william friedkin. For this installment, were taking a look at the year 1973. It has topped best horror films of all time lists for years now and it has been entered into.
William friedkin on his return to dc for the devil and. Washington william friedkin returned to washington last week to talk about his latest project the devil and father amorth, a documentary project that explores reallife exorcisms. The 80yearold oscarwinning director will be honored a day before halloween at the staircase from the film in washington, d. William friedkin weighs in on the exorcist sequels and it. The exorcist, i think, deals unflinchingly with the mystery of faith, and i think that a great many people all over the world find that of constant interest.
Even 41 years after it first hit theaters, a lot of people still consider the exorcist to be the scariest film ever made. The book, inspired by the 1949 exorcism of roland doe, deals with the demonic possession of a 12yearold girl and her. From wikipedia, the free encyclopedia the exorcist is a 1973 american supernatural horror film directed by william friedkin and produced and written for the screen by william peter blatty, based on the 1971 novel of the same name by blatty. Fortyfive years ago, william friedkin staged the mother of all cinematic exorcisms in his 1973 horror classic, the exorcist. Originally published in 1971, the exorcist is now a major television series on fox. Find similar and related movies for the exorcist 1973 william friedkin on allmovie.
The screenplay for the film won blatty an academy award for best adapted screenplay. Exorcist director william friedkin tells all in new memoir. He said that what you take to the film is what you get out of it, if you believe that the world is a dark place you will have this sentiment reinforced. Filming the exorcist set footage produced and photographed by owen roizman, camera and makeup tests, and interviews with director william friedkin, actress linda blair, authorscreenwriterproducer william peter blatty and owen roizman new. His father was a merchant seaman, semipro softball player and ultimately sold clothes in a mens discount chain. William friedkin director the directors cut features two new opening shots. Exorcist director writes about witnessing father amorth at.
I finally heard something in his voice a year ago that made me want to go back and look at it again, said friedkin. He had won the oscar in 1971 for directing the french connection. Friedkin utilizes smoke machines, eerie lighting, complex metaphors, long panning shots, and numerous practical effects in the scariest film of all time. The tale of a 12yearold girl who becomes possessed by an ancient demonic. Eventually young will became infatuated with orson welles after seeing citizen kane 1941. The exorcist ost 1973 william friedkin download torrent. The exorcist ost a film by william friedkin 1973 based on a novel by william peter blatty 01 iraq jack nitzschekrzysztof penderecki 02 georgetown tubular bells mike oldfield 03 five pieces for orchestra, op10 anton webern 04 polymorphia krzysztof penderecki 05 string quartet 1960 krzysztof penderecki 06 windharp harry bee 07 night of the electric insects george crum 08. The exorcist by william blatty, first edition, signed. I highly recommend this two disc set as its one of the only ways to watch the original version of the exorcist that terrified audiences in 1973. Were not talking about mysteries like spellbound 1945 or science fiction like a clockwork orange 1971 but outandout horror films.
Inspired by a true story of a childs demonic possession in the 1940s, william peter blatty created. The rejected score for the exorcist is absolutely terrifying. William friedkins 1973 adaptation of william peter blatty s novel the exorcist is one of the most notorious and controversial films ever made. William friedkin, director of the exorcist at the 20 dallas international film festival. Cobb, kitty winn, jack macgowran in his final film role, jason miller, and linda blair. Friedkin was nominated for an academy award for directing the 1973 film the exorcist. Speaking with indiewire, the filmmaker reveals that he actually digs the hit horror movie, but in terms of actual tickets sold, the exorcist remains king. The exorcist 2000 directors cut, originally released in 1973 commentators. It remains one of the most controversial novels ever written and went on to become a literary phenomenon. Allstarcinetexthoya productions at this stage it would be nice to cast friedkin in the role of tragic hero, the holy innocent who ran aground. Extended directors cut 2000 plus special features commentary by william friedkin raising hell.
Posted on october 29, 2012, in oscar vault monday and tagged 1973, ellen burstyn, jack macgowran, jason miller, lee j. The exorcist 1973 william friedkin christian annyas. William billy friedkins documentary about exorcism, the devil and father amorth, which has him witnessing firsthand the work of the vaticans inhouse exorcist, was acquired by ld. The other being silence of the lambs which won best picture in 1991. The exorcist is a lot more than green vomit, freakish head spins and well achieved sound effects gonzalo gavira did a great job, by the way. William friedkins 1973 film the exorcist is considered by many to be the ultimate horror film. The exorcist 1973 theatrical cut or altered theatrical. William friedkins the devil and father amorth acquired.
The exorcist i watched the digitally remastered directors cut, and william friedkin director gave a short introduction. In 2000 director william friedkin edited a new cut of the exorcist, billed as extended directors cut version youve never seen. It is a haunting masterpiece about fear, hope, love and the mystery of god, created with no expensive computer effects at all yet scaring people worldwide for over four decades now. The beautiful and mesmerizing theme song tubular bells brings the exorcist to full haunting atmosphere.
Controversial, haunting and popular from the moment it opened, william friedkins masterpiece the exorcist, now marks its historic bluray premiere in a 2disc edition featuring stunning hidef presentations of the original 1973 theatrical version and the 2000 extended directors cut. A tribute to william friedkins the exorcist youtube. The exorcist is without a doubt one of the influential horror films of all time and is one of two horror films that have been nominated for best picture at the academy awards. Exorcist director william friedkin says vatican invited. William friedkins the exorcist based on the bestselling novel by william peter blatty quickly became one of the first genre blockbusters of the seventies, and a generational touchstone to boot the exorcist also represented a new brand of horror film, in a sense, because it lacked a familiar monster like dracula, the wolf man or the frankenstein monster, and it didnt. The exorcist author william peter blatty passes away cbr. William friedkin interview the exorcist time out film. The exorcist is a 1973 american supernatural horror film directed by william friedkin and produced and written for the screen by william peter blatty, based on the 1971 novel of the same name by blatty. In a scene from the 1973 classic film the exorcist, linda blair portrays a young girl whose body is possessed with evil. However, director william friedkin has just a little quibble with that statistic.
Based on the new york times bestselling novel by william peter blatty published two years earlier tells the nowclassic tale of a mother and her young. William friedkin speaks candidly about faith and the. The exorcist ewtn with william blatty and william friedkin. Exorcist doc the devil and father amorth from william. The exorcist director william friedkin has never seen. William friedkin, acclaimed director of the exorcist, says hes now seen the real thing and filmed it. Friedkin utilizes smoke machines, eerie lighting, complex metaphors, long panning shots. The exorcist 1973 william friedkin related allmovie. Blatty transformed the little boy in the 1949 incident into a little girl named regan, played by 14yearold linda blair.778 394 395 638 1117 180 535 201 57 642 320 457 75 1134 1282 1590 377 904 1037 1395 1057 610 159 252 1209 1375 222 1122 1117 369 57 1177 348 803 1190 107