03/23/11 169 W, 3 I - + 15 - 5 Famous Set of Stairs

Here's another postcard from DC. These 97 stone steps were made famous in director William Friedkin's 1973 adaption of William Peter Blatty's 1971 novel The Exorcist. The three-story staircase is located on the campus of Georgetown University and descends from Prospect Street to M Street. Read about the stairs and their filming. The steps look considerably less menacing in daylight, thus the top photo's rendering in grayscale. The bottom photos were taken at night. Same shot, one with color, and one without. 

Finally, for fans of both the book and the movie, allow a recommendation of Blatty's 1983 novel Legion. Written as an official sequel to The Exorcist, it stars the character of Lt. Kinderman, the rumpled detective played by Lee J. Cobb in the 1973 film. Blatty later directed a film version of Legion with George C. Scott as Kinderman. Alas, that film bore the regrettably titled Exorcist III. The film wasn't nearly as good as the book Legion, as my movie critic memory serves.

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