DON’T LOOK NOW
NICOLAS ROEG | UK, ITALY | 1973 | 110 MIN | R
Cinema lost one of its most singular voices with the November passing of director Nicolas Roeg, who lent his bold, stylish vision to some of the greatest British films of all time. Adapted from a short story by Rebecca author Daphne du Maurier, DON’T LOOK NOW is the harrowing story of art conservator John Baxter (Donald Sutherland) and his wife Laura (Julie Christie), a couple still wracked with grief after the drowning death of their young daughter. Traveling to Venice with John while he restores a crumbling church, Laura falls under the sway of a mysterious pair of elderly sisters, one of whom claims to be able to commune with the couple’s dead daughter. John is alarmed by Laura’s sudden embrace of the paranormal, but as disturbing events (and bodies) pile up, John’s own rationality comes into question. Roeg’s Venice practically reeks of decay and danger, and the director employs his trademark jarring editing style to convey the fractured and distorted psyches of his troubled characters. Though justly remembered for its shocking finale, the entire film is a master class in mounting dread.
Cast: Julie Christie, Donald Sutherland
“The best scary movie of all time” –The Guardian