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BFI Film Classics

The Exorcist

Authors: Kermode, Mark

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Inspired by an alleged real case of demonic possession in 1949, The Exorcist became an international phenomenon. A blockbusting adaptation of a best-selling novel, it was praised as 'deeply spiritual' by some sections of the Catholic Church while being picketed by the Festival of Light and branded 'Satanic' by the evangelist Billy Graham. Banned on video in the UK for nearly fifteen years, the film still retains and extraordinary power to shock and startle.
 
The second edition of Mark Kermode's Exorcist volume has now been updated and expanded; its publication completes a journey of discovery begun by the author in 1997. The new edition documents the deletion and recovery of key scenes that have now been re-integrated into the film to create The Exorcist: the Version You've Never Seen. Candid interviews with director William Friedkin and writer/producer William Peter Blatty reveal the behind-the-scenes battles which took place during the production. In addition, exclusive stills reveal the truth about the legendary 'subliminal images' allegedly lurking withim the celluloid.
 

About the authors

Mark Kermode is a film critic and broadcaster. He writes for Sight and Sound and The Independent, and provides weekly film reviews for BBC Radio 5. On television he appears regularly on BBC 2's Newsnight Review, and has written and presented numerous film documentaries including The Fear of God; 25 Years of the Exorcist and Poughkeepsie Shuffle: Tracing the French Connection for the BBC, and Hell on Earth: The Desecration and Resurrection of Ken Russell's The Devils, The Cult of The Wicker Man and On the Edge of Blade Runner for Channel 4.

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'Incredibly indispensable' Neon

'Flawless ... perfectly pitched' Empire

Exhaustively detailed, extremely readable' Time Out

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Exorcist
Authors
Series Title
BFI Film Classics
Copyright
2003
Publisher
Palgrave BFI
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
Softcover ISBN
978-0-85170-967-3
Edition Number
2
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