Considering the revulsion which my confession of not having seen The Exorcist had on an incidental cinema watcher, I assume a plot description is superfluous. Essentially, actress Chris MacNeil over the course of the film begins to discern significant changes in her daughter and after exhausting options she realises that the reason might me supernatural and calls in a priest for exorcism. The most searing thing about the horror elements in The Exorcist is the way they appear not simply for effect but as organic elements to buttress the most significant aspect of the film – the relationship between mother and child. (Well, the most significant aspect for me, at least.)
These two shots were runners up for my favourite shot. The reason I love them ended up being the reason I didn’t choose them (it's difficult to discern what's happening), but look at them…
I settled on a shot from maybe my favourite from the film, immediately after one of the most iconic scenes. After a crazed Regan interrupts the party, Chris makes her way upstairs to give her a bath giving us two beautiful shots.
|My Best Shot|
(Overkill, but I had to post these three shots of mother and daughter too. Burstyn and Blair's rapport is just beautiful.)
(This is a part of Nathaniel's Hit Me With Your Best Shot Series, forcing me week after to week to discover good films.)
Since I think all of you have seen The Exorcist, does the parent/child theme resound as much for you? Is Ellen Burstyn a wonderful encapsulation of cinematic maternal strength?