Wednesday, September 19, 2012


ROCK Sex says possession is 9/10 of the law.

Today, how a fine artist inspired THE EXORCIST poster.


Belgian Surrealist painter Rene Magritte provoked creative tension by combining familiar things in unfamiliar combinations.

In a series of paintings called "The Empire of Light / L'Empire des Lumières" (1950-'54), the jarring tension comes from a daylight sky resting over a night street scene.

Director William Friedkin saw these images in a book shared by actor Ellen Burstyn while filming THE EXORCIST (1973).

It inspired this classic scene in the film and the iconic poster that came from it; a subtly transgressive image of the forces of light (a shadowed priest, below) confronting the forces of darkness (a lit window, above).

That poster clearly haunts this poster for THE POSSESSION (2012).

The Magritte painting also inspired the cover for the Jackson Browne album, LATE FOR THE SKY (1974).

The scene from the film was also homaged on THE EXORCIST TV series (Season 1, 2016).

© Tym Stevens

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