Why is the movie The Exorcist overrated

Brief description

William Friedkins cult film about a little girl and her fight against the devil.

Jury statement

Predicate particularly valuable

The committee gave the film the highest rating. In the consultation it was stated that the film is in the literary and cinematic tradition of horror representations. In terms of genre and subject matter, it made no further claims, so it should in itself be regarded as a considerable cinema spectacle. However, the fact that in-depth and fierce disputes have developed and are still to be expected on the occasion of this film makes it necessary not to neglect the situation in which it affects and which it contributes when assessing the film.

During the discussion, it was further emphasized that the public response to the film was considerably increased by the advertising of the production and distribution, but was not "manipulated" by this advertising, but was based on fear-related uncertainty which has social, political and economic causes especially in the USA, but also in the FRG, and is also based on beliefs and religious delusions. It was also stated that the claims and depictions demons and devils contained in the film were not judged by the committee (Section 6 (1) and (2) of the Rules of Procedure), nor by consulting experts or by showing comparable films (Section 5 (1)). 2) can be clarified. In view of the diverging and contradicting positions that competent representatives of Christian churches and Christian theology take with regard to Satanology, it cannot be up to the committee to pass judgment on the real existence of the devil claimed by the film as part of its genre (cf. also ยง 6 (4) of the Rules of Procedure).

In this context it should be noted that the film itself in its overall tendency seems to assert the real existence of the devil. However, it should also be taken into account that such claims as well as the realistic design of a contemporary environment belong to the stylistic features of part of the horror genre.

The committee debated in depth the effects that the film as a whole, but also individual scenes, can have on different moviegoers - especially if they are not familiar with the genre of horror film. On this point, he unanimously came to the conclusion that, despite all concerns, the possible dangers posed by such a movie should not be overestimated.

The Committee agrees that the formal qualities of the film - if viewed regardless of subject matter or subject matter - could justify the award of a rating. However, the committee also agrees that an assessment of only the formal qualities would be a one-sided approach that cannot be justified according to the provisions applicable to the FBW.

The following were rated as formal qualities of the film: the design of the sound and the music, which contribute significantly to the mood of the film; Equipment and buildings, as well as cast and acting, because they also have a decisive influence on the atmosphere; Camera, color design and montage because they reinforce the unity of the cinematic impression. Objections to the German dubbing were raised by those committee members who were familiar with the original version; further objections concerned certain inconsistencies in the dramaturgy. During the consultation, all those involved expressed substantial, fundamental and unavoidable objections to a rating. On the other hand, the committee was of the opinion that by refusing a rating it should not simply dismiss a film that sparked such disputes as insignificant and irrelevant. The majority in the event of a tie (in accordance with Article 8 (2) of the Administrative Agreement) also considered it wrong to refuse the highest rating, because otherwise, they believe, the public would have the impression that an institution in the federal states would prevent a dispute want, which is already clearly taking place in public and consequently cannot be impaired by an authority that has to carry out administrative acts (Art. 1 of the administrative agreement) without clear legal legitimation.

In this context, it was emphasized that the decision as to whether films "in connection with the moral foundations of culture" deserve special treatment and assessment (Section 6 (1c) of the Rules of Procedure), according to the applicable legal bases (Section 5 of the Rules of Procedure in conjunction with Art. 2 and 4 of the administrative agreement) has not been entrusted to individual authorities signing states, individual groups or public institutions or individual institutions or companies in the film industry, but rather to the FBW in its committees.

It was emphasized several times by all those involved that in this particular case there were good reasons both for the refusal and for the granting of a predicate. The majority is convinced that the result of the vote stems primarily from an effort to objectify the public debate that has developed on the occasion of this film. However, the FBW rating could not make sense to relieve the individual of dealing with the respective film.