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Don't Look Now (1973)

A psychic thriller.

Original Title : Don't Look Now
Director : Nicolas Roeg
Writer : Daphne Du Maurier
Allan Scott
Chris Bryant
Genre : Mystery
Thriller
Country : Italy
Language : English
Producer : Peter Katz , Frederick Muller , Anthony B. Unger
Music : Pino Donaggio
Photography : Anthony B. Richmond
Nicolas Roeg
IMDB ID : 0069995
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Don't Look Now (1973) - Nicolas Roeg
 

Starring

Julie Christie Laura Baxter
Donald Sutherland John Baxter
Hilary Mason Heather
Clelia Matania Wendy
Massimo Serato Bishop Barbarrigo
Renato Scarpa Inspector Longhi
Giorgio Trestini Workman
Leopoldo Trieste Hotel Manager
David Tree Anthony Babbage
Ann Rye Mandy Babbage
Nicholas Salter Johnny Baxter
Sharon Williams Christine Baxter
Bruno Cattaneo Detective Sabbione
Adelina Poerio Dwarf
 

Plot

John and Laura Baxter are living in Venice when they meet a pair of elderly sisters, one of whom claims to be psychic. She insists that she sees the spirit of the Baxters' daughter, who recently drowned. Laura is intrigued, but John resists the idea. He, however, seems to have his own psychic flashes, seeing their daughter walk the streets in her red cloak, as well as Laura and the sisters on a funeral gondola.
 

Comments

One of the great mysteries. How was it forgotten? "Don't Look Now" was released at about the time of "The Excorcist". There is otherwise no basis for comparison between these movies. While the Excorcist hits us in the face with the equivalent of a special effects rubber chicken, "Don't Look Now" manages to get under your skin from the very first scene, and gradually, elegantly insinuates itself into a place where your childhood and adult fears dwell and steep. Its setting in Venice is both beautiful and menacing. Something terrible is always just around the corner from our conscious mind. It is also troubling, and, as only a good movie can, leaves more questions unanswered than resolved. Without a doubt, it contains one of the most beautiful loves scenes ever filmed, showing scenes of Christie and Sutherland in genuinely erotic (by '70's standards) lovemaking, mixed with scenes of the couple as they dress and prepare for their day, the following morning. Director Nicolas Roeg is a forgotten Master.
 
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