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Magritte painting at auction pictures iconic scene in 'The Exorcist'

William Friedkin took inspiration from Surrealist painting to direct scene in 1973 movie
Hyperbole and high art go together like Dali and melting watches. Modeling this point is the opinion of Connoisseur magazine that a painting by Surrealist Rene Magritte, heading for Sotheby’s auction block in London next month, is “one of the most desirable works of modern art in private hands.” The basis for that claim is unclear, but a bona fide claim can be made for this painting titled "L’empire des lumieres" (Empire of Light). Magritte’s vision was the inspiration for what became an iconic scene in William Friedkin’s 1973 movie “The Exorcist.” Help is on the way You may remember that haunting night scene in “The Exorcist” when the priest, Father Merrin played by Max von Sydow, is silhouetted under a streetlamp. You can see his fedora and briefcase outlined by the light as he approaches the house where a demonized girl awaits his help. The novel by Peter Blatty on which "The Exorcist" was based, describes the same scene of Von Sydow standing outside the house of...

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