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The Exorcist (1973)
The Exorcist (1973)
The Exorcist (1973)
The Exorcist (1973)
The Exorcist (1973)
The Exorcist (1973)

Film Studies

Cinema Classics Seminar:
The Exorcist

Wednesday, October 26, 2022, 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm  
Instructor: Andrew Owen, Ph.D., Department of Sociology, Lebanon Valley College

“I can assure you of one thing: The case in which I was involved was the real thing. I had no doubt about it then, and I have no doubts about it now,” wrote Father William Bowdern to author William Peter Blatty in a letter dated October 17, 1968. The priest was referring to the exorcism of a Maryland boy in 1949, which Blatty had read an account of in The Washington Post. It would serve as the inspiration for the author’s 1971 novel and the 1973 film based on it: The Exorcist.

In William Friedkin’s hands, this supernatural story was infused with the realism that epitomized the director’s previous work, The French Connection, heralding the birth of the modern horror film. Yet, despite its box office success and critical recognition, The Exorcist divided American culture. Some vilified the film, launching censorship campaigns that labeled it both blasphemous and dangerous, accusing its creators of weakening the moral fabric of society. Others praised it, either as a landmark motion picture that, in the words of one critic, “[did] for the horror film what 2001 did for science fiction,” or, as a work that examines the concept of love through the ideal of self-sacrifice.

Among other topics, this seminar will explore the author’s intent in crafting The Exorcist: to offer a work that stood in contradiction to the contemporaneous nihilism, greed, and political corruption that characterized American culture at the time of its creation.

Are you interested in “just” seeing this movie? Additional showtimes can be found here.

Cinema Classics Seminars offer an entertaining and engaging way to learn more about some of the true classics of world cinema. All students receive an introductory lecture before the film and a guided discussion after the film. In addition, those in attendance receive a ticket to see it on the big screen, as well as popcorn and a drink. Please note: the screening associated with this seminar will be open to the public, as well.

If you are unable to attend this seminar on site, you can rent and stream it in our Remote Classroom beginning a week after the event date.

Please email BMFI Programs and Education Coordinator Jill Malcolm with any questions.


Course Information

$25 for members, $35 for non-members

On Site

  • Wednesday, October 26 · 6:30 pm

September – December 2022



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