Sat, 08/04/2012 - 11:30am - Thu, 08/09/2012 - 11:00pm
Where |Revival Series at the Charles Theatre
1711 N. Charles St
About This Event
SATURDAY, AUGUST 4 11:30 AM;
MONDAY, AUGUST 6 7 PM;
THURSDAY, AUGUST 9 9 PM.
1973 William Friedkin. Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Linda Blair, Lee J. Cobb, Mercedes McCambridge. 132m version.
"Doubtless this tale of spirit possession in Georgetown packs a punch, but so does wood alcohol, wrote Reader critic Don Druker in an earlier review of this. I wouldn’t be quite so dismissive: as a key visual source for Mel Gibson’s depiction of evil in The Passion of the Christ, as well as an early indication of how seriously pulp can be taken when religious faith is involved, this 1973 horror thriller is highly instructive as well as unnerving. William Friedkin, directing William Peter Blatty’s adaptation of his own novel, aims for the jugular, privileging sensation over sense and such showbiz standbys as vomit and obscenity over plodding exposition. This 2000 rerelease runs 132 minutes, 11 minutes longer than the original; with Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Jason Miller, Linda Blair, and Lee J. Cobb. " (Jonathan Rosenbaum)