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Exorcist II
The Heretic

1979       Linda Blair

Regan MacNeil is haunted by dreams of flying. She has visions. She is in psychoanalytic therapy. It has been four years since a priest of the Catholic Church exorcised a demon from her, and yet . . there are still the dreams.

Regan has become a bridge. She has become a link between science and religion. She has a special gift, a power that transcends any explanation other than that offered by the likes of Father Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, the Jesuit paleontologist whose philosophy has been both controversial and crucial to a basic direction of theological thought in recent decades.

It was Teilhard, writes Sir Julian Huxley, who "has effected a threefold synthesis - of the material and physical world with the world of the mind and spirit; of the past with the future; and of variety with unity, the many with the one."

Believing that man and nature would eventually achieve a oneness with God, Teilhard agreed with Nietzsche's view that man is unfinished and must be surpassed or

completed. Teilhard sought to link the evolution of man with the concept of energy, in this context what he called "psychic energy." Most crucially, as Huxley points out, Teilhard had a conviction of the supreme importance of personality.

"A developed human being, as he rightly pointed out, is not merely a more highly individualized individual," writes Huxley. "He has crossed the threshold of self-consciousness to a new mode of thought, and as a result has achieved some degree of conscious integration - integration of the self with the outer world of men and nature, integration of the separate elements of self with each other. He is a person, an organism which has transcended individuality in personality. This attainment of personality was an essential element in man's past and present evolutionary success: accordingly its fuller achievement must be an essential aim for his evolutionary future."

And so it is that modern science is enveloping some of those ideas which began as religious philosophy, heresy some say, expanding its parameters to include such once alarming ideas as those expressed in Russell Targ and Harold Putl1off's new book, Mind-Reach. This study uses the methodology of contemporary quantum physics, specific qualities of electromagnetic fields, and advances in brain research to prove the existence of "remote viewing." This validation by scientific experiments which can be repeated and revalidated under controlled conditions, gives exciting credibility to the idea that psychic phenomena and paranormal experiences are basic to the reality of all human experience.

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From an original screenplay by William Goodhart, the film stars Linda Blair, Richard Burton, Louise Fletcher, Max von Sydow, Kitty Winn, Paul Henreid and James Earl Jones. The production, with locales in New York City, Washington, D.C., North Africa, Ethiopia, Rome and South America, has the scope of an international thriller. "Exorcist II: The Heretic" is the first film to be produced by Richard Lederer, former Warner Bros. vice-president of worldwide advertising and publicity. John Boorman is also producer of the film.

The story focuses on the troubled dreams of a young Regan (Linda Blair) who enters psychotherapy to determine the cause of her bizarre and chilling nightmares. She is being treated by the psychiatrist Dr. Tuskin (Louise Fletcher) using the technique of synchronized hypnosis. Richard Burton is cast as Father Philip Lamont, sent by the Vatican to validate the exorcism performed on Regan by Father Lankester Merrin (Max von Sydow).

The music for "Exorcist II: The Heretic" was written by Italian composer Ennio Morricone whose previous credits include "The Good The Bad and the Ugly" and Bertolucci's "1900."

Ever the meticulous craftsman, John Boorman transmitted his creative energy beyond story and characterization into the production design as well. He paid close attention to color. All blues and greens were eliminated from the sets, costumes, props, and even foliage on the trees, to create a feeling of tension. The sets also consisted of many glass panels and mirrors reflecting the fragmented and schizophrenic nature of Regan's many-faceted reality.

John Boorman's film of "Exorcist II: The Heretic," a Richard Lederer Production is a Warner Bros. release.

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