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The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)

The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)

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The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)
Starring Laura Linney, TomWilkinson, JenniferCarpenterbased on the true story of Anneliese Michel as detailedin the book "The Exorcism of Anneliese Michel" by Dr.Felicitas Goodman
Questioning the Story:
When did Anneliese begin to experience strange symptoms?
In 1968, when she was 17 and still in high school, Anneliese began tosuffer from convulsions. Court findings have her experiencing her firstepileptic attack in 1969. It was then that a neurologist at the PsychiatricClinic Wurzburg diagnosed her with Grand Mal epilepsy. Soon,Anneliese started experiencing devilish hallucinations while praying. Shealso began to hear voices, which told her that she was damned. Thecourt determined that by 1973 Anneliese was suffering from depressionand considering suicide. In 1975, convinced that she was possessed, herparents gave up on the doctors from the psychiatric clinic. They chose torely solely on the exorcisms for healing (washingtonpost.com).Anneliese's symptoms have since been compared with those of schizophrenia, and they may have responded to treatment(telegraph.co.uk).
Who first diagnosed Anneliese as being possessed?
The first unofficial diagnosis was made by an older woman whoaccompanied Anneliese on a pilgrimage. She noticed that Annelieseavoided walking past a particular image of Jesus, and that she refused todrink water from a holy spring. The woman also claimed that Anneliesesmelled hellishly bad (washingtonpost.com). An exorcist from a nearbytown examined Anneliese and concluded that she was demonicallypossessed. After two failed requests, the rite of exorcism was finallygranted by the Bishop.
Epilepsy may have been thecause of Anneliese Michel'sdemonic hallucinations.
Was Tom Wilkinson's character of Father Moore based on a realperson?
Tom Wilkinson's character was more a combination of two real-lifepeople, Father Arnold Renz and Pastor Ernst Alt (shown at left). Bothmen were assigned by the Bishop of Wurzburg, Josef Stangl, to carry out"The Great Exorcism" on Anneliese Michel. The foundation for this ritualwas the "Rituale Romanum", which at the time, was still a valid 17thcentury Cannon Law. Father Arnold Renz had been a former missionaryin China, and Pastor Ernst Alt was a pastor in a nearby community.Together they carried out 67 rites of exorcism over a period of 10months, with one or two exorcism sessions held each week. Somesessions lasted up to four hours (moviesonline.ca).
Did Anneliese Michel really see the faces of demons on thepeople around her like Emily Rose did in the film?
According to The Washington Post, as she grew more convinced thatshe was possessed, Anneliese began to see the faces of demons on thepeople and things around her.
What demons possessed Anneliese?
Anneliese was convinced that she had been possessed by severaldemons, including Lucifer, Judas Iscariot, Nero, Cain, Hitler, andFleischmann, a disgraced Frankish Priest from the 16th century. She alsomentioned a few other damned souls who had manifested themselvesthrough her. -moviesonline.ca
Did Anneliese's mother Anna support the making of the film?
No. Anneliese's mother did not support the making of The Exorcism of Emily Rose. "I don't want to see the film and I don't know anythingabout it," Mrs. Michel said, who was at the time in her eighties.Anneliese's father Josef died six years prior to the film's release. -telegraph.co.uk
The movie's Father Moorewas based on Father ArnoldRenz and Pastor Ernst Alt.
ow many people were found guilty in Anneliese Michel'sdeath?
In the 2005 film, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, only one of the characters,Father Richard Moore (Tom Wilkinson), was found guilty of negligenthomicide surrounding the death of Emily Rose. In the real-life case of Anneliese Michel (pictured right), which took place in 1978, there werefour defendants, not just one. They were Father Arnold Renz, PastorErnst Alt, and Anneliese Michel's parents, Josef and Anna. All four werefound guilty of negligent homicide and sentenced to six months inprison, suspended with three years' probation.-washingtonpost.com
Is it possible that Anneliese was copying what she had seen inWilliam Friedkin's 1973 film The Exorcist?
Director William Friedkin's film The Exorcist was released in Germany in1974, two years prior to the audio tapings of the exorcisms in which wehear Anneliese's recorded voice (listen below). Even though her voice isquite chilling, it bares a striking resemblance to the growling, barking,and inhuman voice of Linda Blair from Friedkin's film. This has causedsome people to conclude that Anneliese was simply mimicking what shehad seen in the film, if she had in fact seen the film. Upon its release inGermany, the movie created a sort of paranormal hysteria that sweptthe nation. European Psychiatrists reported an increase of obsessiveideas among their patients (moviesonline.ca). The movie however, doesnot provide explanation for the years prior to 1974, in which she wasexperiencing numerous other afflictions that she and those close to herhad attributed to demonic possession.
What other disturbing things did Anneliese do?
Anneliese carried out a number of highly disturbing actions. She lickedher own urine off the floor. She ate flies, spiders, and coal. She bit off the head of a dead bird. In one instance, she crawled under a table andbarked like a dog for two days. She could often be heard screamingthrough the walls for hours. Tearing off her clothes and urinating on thefloor became a regular occurrence. -moviesonline.ca
Anneliese's parents andthe exorcists were foundguilty of negligence.Anneliese's behavior wassimilar to actress LindaBlair's.

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