Don’t Look Now

Psychological thriller about parents who retreat to Italy after the tragic death of their daughter in a drowning accident.  Director Nicolas Roeg masterfully creates an almost dreamlike atmosphere using the canals of Venice as a backdrop.  The surroundings are hauntingly eerie.  The story develops in such a way that impels the viewer to keep watching.  Indeed a genuine sense of dread permeates the action.  At times, certain stylistic devices of the filmmaker like glass breaking, the recurrence of the color red and the use of slow motion, can feel a bit self consciously arty.  And that infamous love scene which awkwardly intercuts footage of the couple getting dressed for dinner with unusually graphic sex, is hopelessly dated and unsexy.  However these are minor criticisms in an intensely absorbing, spooky mood piece of a film.  Based on a short story by Daphne du Maurier who also wrote the short story The Birds and the novel Rebecca.

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3 Responses to “Don’t Look Now”

  1. A gripping supernatural thriller about the parents of a drowned child, and their horror-laden visit to Venice. Magnificent cinematography and two extraordinary lead performances by Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie, the film also features a very memorable steamy love scene, which was very daring in it’s day. This truly one the best films of it’s kind. I highly recommended to anyone who loves a well-crafted, and directed film.

    • Really, I thought the love scene was anything, but steamy. The music was cheesy too. I think I laughed out loud.

  2. The movie was just o.k. It didn’t make a lot of sense to me. The end scene was very creepy. But i’ve seen better.

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