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Source:  The Atlantic

“The Exorcist” is to exorcisms what “The Godfather” is to the Mafia.

That is, the film is the font of every cliché about its subject and barely rooted in fact. Just as Francis Ford Coppola’s 1972 mobster classic invented many of its gangland rituals out of thin air, William Friedkin’s landmark 1973 horror movie didn’t have much to do with the real-life case it was based on.

One could view Friedkin’s new documentary, “The Devil and Father Amorth,” as an act of atonement, since it involves Friedkin shooting a real-life exorcism in all its mundanity.

But more than that, the film feels like a director thinking back on the work that defined his career, for better and worse.

Read the story at The Atlantic.

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