Nicolas Roeg's chilling film, based on a short story by Daphne du Maurier, follows a married couple as they attempt to recover from the death of their young daughter. John Baxter (Donald Sutherland) and his wife, Laura (Julie Christie), are staying in Venice in an attempt to find relief after the drowning of their daughter, Christine (Sharon Williams), in a tragic accident. However, the city appears to have an unfortunate effect upon the grieving John, who begins seeing a red-coated figure who resembles the dead child flitting around the local canals. The couple also happen across a pair of sisters who claim to have had visions of their daughter. According to the sisters, the child has been trying to contact John in an attempt to warn him that something terrible is about to happen...
Don't Look Now was filmed in 1973 and based around a Daphne Du Maurier novel. Directed by Nicolas Roeg, it has lost none of its chill: like Kubrick's The Shining, its dazzling use of juxtaposition, colour, sound and editing make it a seductive experience in cinematic terror, whose aftershock lingers in daydreams and nightmares, filling you with uncertainty and dread even after its horrific climax. Donald Sutherland plays John Baxter, an architect, Julie Christie his wife: a well-to-do couple whose young daughter drowns while out playing. Cut to Venice, out of season, where the couple encounter a pair of sisters, one of whom claims psychic powers and to have communicated with their dead daughter. The subsequent plot is as labyrinthine as the back streets of the city itself, down which Baxter spots a diminutive and elusive red-coated figure akin to his daughter, before being drawn into an almost unbearable finale. Don't Look Now is a Gothic masterpiece, with its melange of gore, mystery, ecstasy, the supernatural and above all grief, while the city of Venice itself--which thanks to Roeg and his team seems to breathe like a dark, sinister living organism throughout the movie--deserves a credit in its own right. Not just a magnificent drama but an advanced feat of cinema. --David StubbsSee all Product description
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The haunting beauty of Venice makes for a wonderful backdrop for a film full suspense, surprises and full on horror.
Probably best not to watch alone, but do make sure that you do watch one of the seminal movies of the 70s which is just as relevant and fresh today (bar Donald Sutherland's hairdo) as ever it was. Masterful and unmissable.
A criticism often levelled at releases of this film in the past has been its indistinct sound, Thankfully, for this Blu-ray release, that has been rectified & you can now enjoy it as it was always meant to be. Finally, as with most releases these days, there are a few extras which are worth watching but only after you've viewed the film. So, close the curtains, switch off the lights & watch one of the finest British films ever made.
Anyway all that aside, this has to be one of the most chilling & facsinating thrillers of alltime. Don't expect a gorefest as it is not that sort of film, but for those who like good thrillers you won't be disappointed.
Sometimes, an impulse buy can be very rewarding, and I feel that with 'Don't Look Now' (1973), a cult psychological thriller, widely acclaimed as one of the greatest horror films ever made, or so says the DVD's back cover, but I confess, although a keen movie buff, I hadn't heard of it.
Before I move onto the movie itself, I must say that it has been digitally restored for this release, and it looks and sounds fantastic. The extras on the DVD include a compressed version of the film, made by the great Danny Boyle for a BAFTA tribute, as well as recent interviews with Boyle, the movie's screenwriter/producer Allan Scott, and lead actor Donald Sutherland.
In what are first-rate performances, the lovely Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland star as a married couple, grieving after the tragic death of their young daughter's accidental drowning. They travel to the beautiful location (especially to the viewer) of Venice to try and tame their trauma, where the young British couple encounter a pair of old sisters (played by Hilary Mason and Clelia Matania), one of whom is blind and psychic, insisting that they can get in touch with their late daughter, and warns them of danger from beyond.
'Don't Look Now' managed to get under my skin from the very beginning, but it isn't the 'horror' flick I expected it to be, which is no bad thing either. There isn't much in the way to make you feel really petrified, but more, it manages to build up a nightmare like tension through the excellent, mysterious atmosphere, and beautiful presentation. It's very chilling, mind-bending, but not 'very scary' in an obvious way.
This was one of those clever movies that had me thinking, guessing, and feeling dread until the very end, with it's excellent use of effective flashback scenes. 'Don't Look Now' is a must-watch for any real fans of horror, suspense or mystery. Well done to director Nicholas Roeg, they don't make them like this anymore folks.
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