The Devil and Father Amorth + The Exorcist
Sunday Apr 29 03:00 PM
Doris Duke Theatre
Museum members: $12.00
General Admission: $15.00
About the Film:
Enjoy a double bill of William Friedkin's horror classic and his new documentary. Part of programming for the exhibition Abstruction: The Sculpture of Erick Swenson.
The Devil and Father Amorth
Directed by William Friedkin. USA. 2018. 67 min.
When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two Vatican priests. Forty-five years after filming The Exorcist, Friedkin travels to Italy to capture this real-life exorcism.
The Exorcist: Extended Director’s Cut
Directed by William Friedkin. USA. 1973. 121 min.
One of the most profitable horror movies ever made, this tale of an exorcism is based loosely on actual events. When young Regan (Linda Blair) starts acting odd—levitating, speaking in tongues—her worried mother (Ellen Burstyn) seeks medical help, only to hit a dead end. A local priest (Jason Miller), however, thinks the girl may be seized by the devil. The priest makes a request to perform an exorcism, and the church sends in an expert (Max von Sydow) to help with the difficult job. When the film was released, the special effects had such a visceral effect on moviegoers that some theaters handed out barf bags with tickets. It was also the first horror film to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar—in fact, it earned 10 nominations in 1974.
Artist Erick Swenson was inspired by horror film special effects—especially by the work of special effects master Dick Smith who worked on The Exorcist.