Don't Look Now
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Working with elements of the traditional horror genre - second sight, ESP, warnings from the dead, a mad killer - and a cinematography of disquieting beauty and dreamlike sense of dislocation, director Nicolas Roeg weaves a fabric of anxiety that questions all reality. The evocative use of the back streets of Venice is a sinister participant in the action based on the novel by Daphne du Maurier. This intensely erotic and macabre film boasts outstanding performances by Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland.
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Be warned: this isn't a movie for everyone. It relies on visual puzzles and clues and an incredible lot of misdirection for its effect. This might bore some people; it had me riveted with the first scene and held me up through the mind-bending conclusion. Like THE SIXTH SENSE, SLEUTH, THE USUAL SUSPECTS, and THE OTHERS, the film is playing a massive deception on the audience and the characters, engaing in a strange game that pays off in an incredibly satisfying (if devastating) way. Every time you think you know what kind of story you're watching, the movie starts veering in another direction, and only the finale finally makes the purpose of the plot clear.
Director Roeg, a former cinematographer, crafts an eerie vision of Venice as damp, mouldy, and crumbling, and his visual compositions have a startling quality that adds to the bizarre and alienated moodof the film. Although few movies have directly copied the story of DON'T LOOK NOW, its directorial style has become the standard for such filmmakers as David Lynch, M. Night Shyamalan, and David Fincher.
This is a landmark piece of work and worth viewing if you enjoy films full of mystery and intelligence (for example, the movies I listed above) and unusual visual style.
Based on a Daphne DuMaurier story, it concerns two grieving parents (Christie and Sutherland) who have lost their young daughter in a horrible drowning accident right on their opulent English estate. Mourning beyond reason, the shattered couple goes to Venice, where Sutherland repeatedly sees visions of his dead daughter, always just out of reach.
Through disjointed stream-of-consciousness images, gorgeous views of Venice, lush colors, eerie people with second sight, and one of the most erotic love scenes on film, we feel this couple's anguish, fear and desperate love for one another. And we know, simply by feeling it, that there is great danger lurking just out of sight. But we don't know what it is.
As the suspense builds unbearably, the viewer is mesmerized by the photography, the music, the beauty--and yes, the grief. And when the end comes...well, let's just say that you'll want to leave the lights on for many nights to come.
An absolutely brilliant film.
The Baxters of Roeg's film inhabit a dark, shadowy labyrinthine world of bridges and mirrors that could only be Venice. Architect Sutherland and wife Christie are on a working holiday recovering from the recent drowning of their little girl, and this setting perfectly mirrors their internal grief and their feelings of uncertainty and guilt. The fractured time sequence gives the film a coldness, helping with the atmosphere of marital chill.
Some of my favourite moments committed to film are here: the chilling opening drowning sequence, the greatest love-making scene ever (in which the most believable coupling between actors without showing actual penetration, is inter-cut with their getting dressed for dinner) and the most deeply disturbing denouement that will ever disrupt your sleep pattern.Read more ›
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That little killer thing is scary as hell. I still have nightmares.Published 5 months ago by Richard L. Hogan
I thought it was so boring. I paid to rent it because of the positive reviews, but it did not appeal to me at all. I guess I don't get all the positive rave reviews. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Sandra
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