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Friedkin is our doomsaying guide through the film, often affecting an over-dramatic tone to spin his narrative, and there are times when this feels less like a documentary and more like an episode of Unsolved Mysteries , with Friedkin filling in for the late Robert Stack.

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The supposedly possessed person is Cristina, a young woman who has been exorcised by Father Amorth a whopping eight times.

Instead, the exorcism takes place in a well-lit room, where Cristina and her large extended family have gathered. What follows is a long sequence in which Father Amorth prays and and commands the demon possessing Cristina to leave while Cristina writhes in a chair, screaming and shouting.

I suspect it is, but I doubt Friedkin would ever cop to it — that would spoil the fun. And deep down, despite all his earnest glances to the camera, fun is what Friedkin is trying to have here. Some of the more interesting moments of the film arrive here, particularly when one doctor compares exorcism to psychology. Instead, the filmmaker wants to rattle his audience. He cranks up the volume on some spooky music and he keeps hitting all the high notes when it comes to his ominous narration.

It all culminates in a sequence that has to be seen to be believed. Months after the exorcism, Friedkin is summoned by Cristina to a small Italian village. The director makes the journey, and is supposed to meet Cristina inside a church. Somehow, Friedkin — a master filmmaker — forgets to bring his camera into the church for this confrontation. So rather than show us, Friedkin narrates what happened — Cristina, in full-blown demonic form, allegedly hurled threats and curses at him.

To amp up the drama of his narration for this scene, Friedkin stages a recreation by bringing a camera crew into the church after the fact, tinting the screen a sickly green, and having the cinematographer jerk the camera every which way, zooming in and out on religious statues and flickering candles.

With its brief runtime, The Devil and Father Amorth ends up feeling more like a home video special feature — something to add to a new Blu-ray edition of The Exorcist , perhaps — than a full-blown documentary. Here and there, he captures some surreal moments that make the movie shine. Perhaps the best example of this comes following the exorcism: The devil is in the details, and Friedkin has unfortunately left most of them out.

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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. A compilation of short stories about the Master of all evil, Satan, it's compiled of different stories by many different authors but all have the Devil as a main character.

I'm not going to go through and list each story cause that would just take too much time and to be perfectly honest, the book wasn't good enough for that.

Yes, it had some good stories that definitely made you think but for the most part and especially at the end, the stories just seemed to get stranger and stranger. I don't know if maybe I was taking the stories too seriously but to be honest, I'm just glad to be done with the book. He was an Angel once, the favorite of God, but when God created Adam, Lucifers jealousy was so much, that he fought against Heaven and ultimately lost, thus being thrown into the pit of Hell along with the other Angels that fought beside him.

I wanted a character like the Lucifer from Miltons, Paradise Lost but instead a lot of the stories made the Devil out to be a joke, not cunning, not sly, just a parody and the stereotypical red skin, cloven hooves, horned , mustachioed man from so many stupid cartoons etc.

I believe that was the biggest let down, that I went into this book expecting the stories to be epic when a lot of times they just fell flat. There were some good stories but overall I just wasn't pleased. I'd say don't even waste your time with this book cause in the end it's just not worth it. I'm glad I read it but I'm glad it's done. A grandiose theme that brings the concept of the "Devil" out into the open with numerous stories--some macabre, some humorous, ALL thoughtful.

This is a wide grouping between new and old--featuring prominent authors of today Stephen King, China Mieville to established favorites of yesteryear Mark Twain, Robert Louis Stevenson. I read a lot of these types of books and usually absolutely love them but I agree with jporter, this book took me two weeks to read and that rarely happens. There were a couple of stories in there that I liked but for the most part I wasn't impressed.

It just seemed flat. Extraordinary twists on the idea of striking a deal with the devil. I especially enjoyed the devil taking a job as a bartender after the economic collapse of heaven and hell. This was a really nice collection of stories. Some made me laugh and some were really thought provoking. Only a few were too deep for my simple understanding. Good read if you like unique short stories. A collection of stories about the devil. A few old classics, and quite a few I hadn't seen before.

Most were good, a few not to my taste, some totally outstanding. If you want a myriad of takes on the devil, it's a fun read. If you can't feel sympathy for the devil, it may not be for you!


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