Cinema: Beat the Devil

THE EXORCIST

Directed by WILLIAM FRIEDKIN Screenplay by WILLIAM PETER BLATTY

This movie has impressive credentials, according to the Hollywood value system. It is based with excessive reverence on William Peter Blatty's best-selling novel of the same title. It is directed by the man who won an Oscar last March for his direction of The French Connection. And it went, by some estimates, 100% over budget, costing between $11 and $14 million.

Nevertheless, the movie is vile and brutalizing. Indeed, in many ways it is worse than the book, although it spares us the Gethsemanic...