‘Leap of Faith: William Friedkin on The Exorcist’ Asks: Does the Ending of the Horror Classic Make Sense? [Sundance 2020]
Posted on Thursday, January 30th, 2020 by Chris Evangelista
Alexandre O. Philippe loves to make movies about movies. His documentary work includes 78/52: Hitchcock’s Shower Scene, which focused on Psycho, and the creation of its infamous shower scene, and Memory: The Origins of Alien, which thoughtfully explored what made, and still makes, Alien so special. Philippe keeps the trend going with Leap of Faith: William Friedkin on The Exorcist. As the title suggests, the doc has director William Friedkin sitting down to discuss one of his most iconic films, and since Friedkin is such a gifted storyteller, the result is wholly engrossing. But there’s a problem: you’ve probably heard everything Friedkin says here before. But there’s one key question that lingers over the film: the question as to whether or not the ending works. According to Friedkin, surprisingly enough, the answer is no.