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A stunning meditation on God’s existence in a form that might be best described as Catch 22 meets Spellbound, the film received 3 Golden Globe nominations, including Best Picture, and won the award for Best Writing against a field of nominees that included Ordinary People, The Elephant Man and Raging Bull.
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Indeed the foreground and background settings are used thru-out in accord or discord with the dialog and activity of the excellent words, acting and actors. They not only have some of the most witty, clever, intellegent lines EVER -- but act with wonderfully fitting feeling via eyes, voice and body -- which does get VERY INTENSE many times. The viewer gets a crash-course in Theological Dialectics -- just after 44:44 in particular -- which may hit some ["unfaithful"] folks like a volley of laser cannon. The entanglement of this presentation is SO WELL-DONE -- what really happens, what is hidden, who-is-whom, who dreams whose dreams???
This SURREAL experience is VERY GRAPHIC and MORE REAL than is comfortable -- this INTENSITY will NOT let most viewers escape un-moved and thrilled. Be aware that this includes VERY INTENSE confrontation, humiliation and resolution via GRAPHICALLY REAL bloody combat situated in a long drawn-out bar-setting -- Marine Combat Judo versus Biker Gang Cruelty. NOT for half-hearted folks -- BUT THRILLING for some -- humanity, sacrifice and justice -- TO LOVE +++
Keep an open mind watching this. However, read the book first. William Peter Blatty was capable of transcending boundaries, pushing the envelope and opening doors that shouldn't be locked. We are the keys.
I greatly admire The Exorcist, but I love this film. It's as facinating as The Exorcist, but far more challenging to the viewer. For those who take the trouble to understand it, it's far more rewarding, as well. It's inspiring and profound. It's something that stays with you, in the best possible way.
I had nightmares about The Exorcist many years ago as a child, but this film inspires the best kind of waking dreams and visions of goodness, and awakening to something far beyond mere entertainment. It's a film for adults, and one that tries to be profound - and succeeds.
If goodness and oneness with the Source of all goodness is the meaning of life, as all true philosphers, begining with Plato, believe it is, then this film just might be the most successful at bringing this idea to the screen ever made. But this is not just a film of ideas. It's a film of depth of both thought and feeling. It's a film, as Blatty himself says, of love.
Maybe this film is not for all tastes, as some have said. But, if you believe that life has meaning, and that visionary depictions of goodness can inspire a life of meaning, as Plato himself did, then this film is not to be missed. There is simply nothing like it that has ever been made.