Tuesday, April 23, 2024

William Friedkin, Age 82, Won’t Stop: First New Movie in 7 Years with Shortish Mock-Doc About Demonic Possession


All I know is, William Friedkin had the best four wives of anyone in Hollywood: French actress and beauty Jeanne Moreau, British actress and beauty Lesley-Anne Down, LA beauty and newscaster Kelly Lange, and then– for the last 32 years– American movie exec and beauty Sherry Lansing. So the whole movie thing? Doesn’t matter.

He told the Guardian in an interview four years ago that he left out the rest of his dangerous liaisons from his memoir.”I filled a hundred pages of Moleskine notebooks with my one-night stands, my affairs. But I decided they didn’t belong in a professional memoir. First of all, these are real people we’re talking about. Many of them were enjoyable. Some were abject failures. My wife said to me when she read the pages, ‘Of what purpose is this in a memoir? Of what purpose is this other than to titillate?’”

That was Sherry Lansing, wise and wonderful. Now you know why she was such a good producer.

Friedkin is 82 and coming out with a new movie next month that seems like it’s a mock documentary about demonic possession. It’s a riff of one of his five famous movies– this one, “The Exorcist,” from 1973. His other well known movies were three around that time– “The Night They Raided Minsky’s,” “The French Connection,” and “The Boys in the Band.” He made a brief Renaissance in 1985 with “To Live and Die in LA.”

The little but feisty Orchard is distributing “The Devil and Father Amorth.” Father Amorth is 91 and the official exorcist of the Vatican. Together, they went on house calls in Italy looking for the devil. Well, at least the food was good!

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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