Film FestivalsMovie ReviewsSundance 2020: Leap of Faith: William Friedkin on The Exorcist Review

Keith NoakesFebruary 8, 202093/100
William Friedkin
Alexandre O. Philippe
Alexandre O. Philippe
Running Time
104 minutes
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Overall Score
Rating Summary
Leap of Faith: William Friedkin on The Exorcist is more than just the best commentary track for one of the best horror films of all-time, it's a master class in film.

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1973’s The Exorcist is undisputedly one of the best horror films of all time, striking a chord with many audiences and remaining in the public discourse ever since. There has been plenty written and plenty has been discussed as fans still provide their thoughts and interpretations of the William Friedkin directed and William Peter Blatty written film now almost 50 years later. Leap of Faith: William Friedkin on The Exorcist is the latest entertaining documentary that will surely add to that discourse. Fans of The Exorcist or cinema in general will be in heaven as this doc can probably be best described as a commentary track for the film but in reality, it was so much more.

With its 100+ minute running time consisting of an extensive interview with Friedkin himself, we are treated to a level of insight like no other as he talks about his inspiration (not just film) for making the film while telling a series of compelling stories and anecdotes about the production of the film. He offers his unique perspective after all this time as well as tidbits of seldom known information and dispels and gives credence to fan theories.

Friedkin is a quality storyteller whose definitely not lost a beat and Leap of Faith lets him loose. He is incredibly engaging to listen and watch as the highly-knowledgeable director takes viewers on a cinematic journey through not only his films but also the history of film at the time. The film doesn’t do anything overly fancy and is just Friedkin talking along with clips of classic films and The Exorcist (with some fun behind-the-scenes content). While the narrative sometimes gets off track, that’s only a minor negative.

In the end, Leap of Faith: William Friedkin on The Exorcist is a cinematic delight that all fans of film should check out if they can.

*still courtesy of Sundance*

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