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Leap of Faith: William Friedkin on The Exorcist

William Friedkin proves to be a master storyteller, often hilarious, always passionate and insightful, and touching at times.

During four days, William Friedkin talked to Alexandre Philippe about The Exorcist. About paintings, music, classical films and many things that happened on set. Out of more than thirty hours of material, Philippe distilled a monologue that shows Friedkin is a master storyteller, often hilarious, always passionate and insightful, and at times very touching as well.

For this film, Alexandre Philippe took a different approach from the one he used for 78/52 (Imagine 2017) and Memory (Imagine 2019), and followed the example of the famous Hitchcock/Truffaut interviews. For four days, he sat with William Friedkin and talked about The Exorcist. The approach does pay off very well, as the long days lead to in-depth conversations about music, paintings and classical movies. As he often does, Philippe illustrates the story by showing the paintings or film clips, juxtaposing them with the corresponding scenes or images from The Exorcist. While his anecdotes are often hilarious, Friedkin is mainly talking passionately about the films he loves and how exactly they inspired him.

Info

Type Genres
Director Alexandre O. Philippe
Country VS | USA
Year 2019
Duration 104 min
Cast William Friedkin

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