Trailer for 'Leap of Faith' Doc About Friedkin Making 'The Exorcist'
by Alex Billington
October 9, 2020
"They accept what we show." Shudder has released a trailer for the cinema making-of documentary titled Leap of Faith, telling the story of how William Friedkin made The Exorcist in 1973. The film is another one of these unique "lyrical and spiritual cinematic essays" from the Swiss docu filmmaker Alexandre O. Philippe, who has made docus about the shower scene in Psycho, the making of Alien, and the rise of the zombie genre. The film is "not just an in-depth musing on one of the most influential and widely acclaimed horror movies of all time, but also an enlightening and intimate portrait of one man's creative process." That sounds great to me. Passionately discussing his influences, and interrogating the obsessions he has returned to throughout his filmmaking career, William Friedkin makes for a riveting subject - reflective, insightful and often disarmingly candid. Even though there's not much shown in this trailer, I'm still completely sold.
Here's the official trailer (+ posters) for Alexandre O. Philippe's doc Leap of Faith, direct from YouTube:
A lyrical and spiritual cinematic essay on The Exorcist, Leap of Faith explores the uncharted depths of William Friedkin’s mind’s eye, the nuances of his filmmaking process, and the mysteries of faith and fate that have shaped his life and filmography. Leap of Faith: William Friedkin on The Exorcist is directed by Swiss filmmaker Alexandre O. Philippe, director of the cinema docs The People vs. George Lucas, The Life & Times of Paul the Psychic Octopus, Doc of the Dead, 78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene, and Memory: The Origins of Alien previously. This first premiered at the Venice Film Festival last year, and also played at the London, Sitges, and Sundance Film Festivals. Shudder will finally release Philippe's Leap of Faith doc streaming exclusively starting on November 19th. Another must see doc for cinephiles. Who's interested?
It's kinda strange with the films that they don't see the death of an author they brought about ... In that respect, I'm rather disssapointed by the fact that stories in front of the camera are still more interesting (generally) than those behind it ...
shiboleth on Oct 9, 2020
wow. this is definitely "must see".
dan on Oct 9, 2020
For me, Friedkin's best films are The French Connection, To Live and Die In L.A, and Sorcerer. I loved Sorcerer when it came out and still do. It flopped, but it's a great, gritty film that was just to heavy for the folks. There is no doubt it's an existential horror show...lol...but it's a great, great film even better, in my eyes, than the original Wages of Fear. It was a rough go the whole film and it 'did not' have a happy ending. Just an existential ironic one...but truthful and real.
thespiritbo on Oct 9, 2020
The problem with these documentaries, is that they are very interesting but they are almost impossible to watch worldwide, since they´re not available anywhere. Thank God for Youtube and piracy.
roger on Oct 11, 2020
Ehhhh sometimes they are. Netflix is becoming the king of releasing films available in 300+ countries worldwide instantly, which is kind of amazing. Two recommendations on Netflix now: My Octopus Friend, and Dick Johnson is Dead.
Alex Billington on Oct 11, 2020
THE EXORCIST could and has inspire dozens of films.
DAVIDPD on Oct 11, 2020
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