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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 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 fifteen years, the film still retains an 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 Verson 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 within the celluloid.
As part of the BFI's commitment to the promotion and evaluation of contemporary cinema, and in conjunction with the influential BFI Film Classics series, BFI Modern Classics is a series of books devoted to individual films of recent years. insightful, considered, often impassioned, these elegant, beautifully illustrated books have set the agenda for debates about matters in modern cinema.
This new edition of Mark Kermode's text 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". There are also interviews with director William Friedkin and writer/producer William Peter Blatty.
Updated and expanded this is the original and definitive book on the subject that was instrumental in the film's revival and re-release.
About the Author
Mark Kermode is a film critic and broadcaster. He writes for Sight and Sound and The Independent, and providing 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 BBC1, 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.