Don't Look Now
Based on Daphne du Maurier’s quintessential spooky story, behold a classic ‘70s supernatural thriller of the highest order. Directed by Nicolas Roeg (Walkabout, The Man Who Fell To Earth), Don’t Look Now follows bereaved British couple Laura (Julie Christie) and John (Donald Sutherland) who take their sorrows to Venice after the death of their young daughter. Their paths soon cross with two sisters, one of whom is blind and psychic and has a message for them from beyond the grave. John’s skepticism is balanced by Laura’s grief-stricken desire to be reunited with their child and an overwhelming premonition that they must return to London. Meanwhile, John begins to see their daughter around the canals in the same little red coat she was wearing when she drowned. Is she back from the dead?
Why You Should See This Film
With a master like Roeg at the helm, there’s simply no room for schlock. In fact, film critic Pauline Kael commented in The New Yorker that Don’t Look Now was "the fanciest, most carefully assembled enigma yet put on the screen". At the time of its release, a skilfully edited sex scene was considered a total scandal earning it an X Rating in the UK and an R in the USA. Rumours still persist that that the scene is unsimulated and that Warren Beatty (Christie’s boyfriend at the time) demanded that it be removed from the final cut. Conjecture aside, it’s just one of many famously shocking sequences in this unassailable psychological treat.
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- Year: 1973
- Rating: M
- Director: Nicolas Roeg
- Cast: Donald Sutherland, Julie Christie, Hilary Mason
- Duration: 110 minutes
- Language: English