A good director in his prime, not so good by today's standards
Friedkin does try his best to make this somewhat credible, I'm not religious in the slightest but went into this with an open mind.
The build up was fun, hearing these accounts from Christina's family about the horrific things that had happened, oh boy, I'm very interested in when we get to the 'real' exorcism, then we find out this is Christina's 9th lap around the holy field and at that point is where any optimism left me, this is simply religious propaganda. Go to mass and holy ceremonies because this is how you'll get the devil anGerY, then you'll know you're possessed.
The 'fact' that Christina has been exorcised 8 times prior to this recording is just an easy way to dismiss the far more extreme symptoms she allegedly had in the previous exorcisms; which leads me to the damn voice. The. Damn. Voice. It's just post production magic, synthesising the voice, and its blindingly obvious, take a listen back at it and notice how every time Christina's demonic voice is projected, the room goes silent and even when Amorth is speaking, his voice disappears, but his mouth keeps going. I have a lot of respect for Friedkin and his contribution to modern film, but he was in over his head here, couldn't even isolate a track in order to keep background noise over the voice.
The documentary is a sham, watch for a few laughs.
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