“The Exorcist” (1973) is one of the most critically and commercially successful – and analyzed – horror films of all time, a still-terrifying tale of a teenage child possessed by an ancient evil demon. Following “78/52: Hitchcock’s Shower Scene” (2017), a feature-length documentary on the iconic “Psycho” (1960) murder sequence, Alexandre O. Philippe puts “The Exorcist” director William Friedkin through an extended interview, providing an intensely personal look at the film’s genesis.

Friedkin is an endlessly erudite and candid guide to a film that moves beyond the mystery of faith into fate, exploring how spiritual conviction and a belief in destiny have steered his creative choices. He shares exclusive reveals and connects the power of “The Exorcist” to unexpected artistic sources: not supernatural horror movies, but Carl Dreyer’s austere 1955 spiritual drama “Ordet,” as well as great painters (Caravaggio, Magritte) and composers (Brahms). It’s an unmissable insider-look at creativity and filmmaking, which contends with the forces of fate and inspiration.