THE DEVIL AND FATHER AMORTH + THE EXORCIST: EXTENDED DIRECTOR’S CUT
April 24 only
THE DEVIL AND FATHER AMORTH
Forty-five years after inciting mass hysteria with THE EXORCIST, director William Friedkin travels to Italy to shoot a real-life exorcism by The Vatican’s most renowned exorcist, then examines the footage with specialists.
The documentary gives a terrifying look at the ninth and final exorcism performed in 2016 by Amorth on an Italian woman who experiences troubling fits and behavioral changes. Father Amorth, who claimed to have performed thousands of exorcisms, died later that year at the age of 91.
“In the early 1970s when I directed ‘The Exorcist,’ I had not witnessed an exorcism but I wondered how close I had come to portraying reality,” Friedkin said. “I had been curious to meet Father Amorth for many years and when he granted permission to meet and film him in Rome last May, it was the opportunity to complete the circle and see how close that film came to reality.”
Directed by William Friedkin. With Father Gabriele Amorth, William Friedkin & William Peter Blatty. 67 mins.
THE EXORCIST: EXTENDED DIRECTOR’S CUT
A bona fide cultural phenomenon, when THE EXORCIST first released into theaters, all hell broke loose. Adapted from the novel by William Peter Blatty and nominated for 10 Academy Awards, this story of a little girl possessed by the demon and the priests who are charged with saving her soul, is considered by many to be the scariest movie of all time. This Extended Directors Cut adds 10 minutes of previously unseen footage, trimmed from the original release and digitally enhanced Chris Newman’s Oscar-winning sound work.
With Linda Blair, Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Lee J. Cobb. Kitty Winn, Jack MacGowran, Jason Miller, and Mercedes McCambridge endearingly voicing The Demon. 2000. DCP. 132 mins.
TRT: 199 mins.
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