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Exorcist effects man Gavira dies
The Exorcist
A scene from horror film The Exorcist which Gavira worked on
Gonzalo Gavira, who created the sound effects for films including The Exorcist and Towering Inferno, has died in Mexico City at the age of 79.

Gavira was part of the team that won the best sound Oscar for 1973 cult horror classic The Exorcist.

He was credited with making the sound of the possessed girl's head revolving on her body by twisting a leather wallet which contained credit cards.

Gavira's innovation was praised by the boss of Mexico's largest film studio.


"It was a real show to see him work in a studio creating sounds. He used to use garbage and other objects to create incidental sounds," said Mario Aguinaga, head of the country's Estudios Churubusco.

Mr Aguinaga called him a "character in the film industry for his extraordinary inventiveness".

Gavira worked on at least 60 films in Mexico and abroad, according to the Mexican Academy of Film and Arts.

Among the other notable films that Gavira collaborated on was Western classic The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.

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