The Exorcist (1973) became a cultural phenomenon upon its release. This making-of documentary tells the story of its creation and describes how audiences reacted to it. Interviews with cast and crew are shown.
An unnamed doctor has always had everything he's ever wanted, but that has only made him develop more extreme and depraved needs. He kidnaps a young couple in the prime of their life ... See full summary »
This documentary provides interesting background to movie 'The French Connection'. For instance, the director William Friedkin never wanted Gene Hackman to take the lead role of Popeye and Fernando Rey who played Charnier, the French smuggler, was chosen by mistake (he is actually Spanish). The documentary takes us through the torturous process which led from the actual drug bust which formed the basis for the movie, through several different screenplays, to the final Oscar-winning production. It provides differing views on the film-making process, including a critical view of the 'difficult' Friedkin. Its portrayal of Friedkin as a wunderkind, makes me wonder why his subsequent career - apart from 'Exorcist' - has been less than successful. Problems with the documentary include the overacting of the presenter and the lack of proper introduction for some of the talking heads.
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