Don't Look Now

Overview

A married couple is haunted by a series of mysterious occurrences after the death of their young daughter in this enigmatic chiller. Based on a story by Daphne du Maurier, whose works inspired Alfred Hitchcock's Rebecca and The Birds, the film centers on Laura and John Baxter Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie, who have recently relocated to Venice so that John can oversee the architectural restoration of an old church. Both hope that the change of environment will allow them to forget the recent tragic demise ...
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Overview

A married couple is haunted by a series of mysterious occurrences after the death of their young daughter in this enigmatic chiller. Based on a story by Daphne du Maurier, whose works inspired Alfred Hitchcock's Rebecca and The Birds, the film centers on Laura and John Baxter Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie, who have recently relocated to Venice so that John can oversee the architectural restoration of an old church. Both hope that the change of environment will allow them to forget the recent tragic demise of their child, but they instead find themselves surrounded by reminders of death, as the city attempts to deal with a series of unexplained murders. The eeriness intensifies when they encounter a blind psychic and her eccentric sister, who promise to contact her daughter's spirit. Laura embraces the idea, but John remains skeptical until he experiences his own visions: fleeting glimpses of someone in a red coat similar to one that belonged to his daughter.
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
Venice is definitely not for lovers in Nicolas Roeg's 1973 gothic chiller. Based on a Daphne du Maurier short story, Don't Look Now tells the story of a married couple, superbly portrayed by Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland, whose to visit that romantic Italian city is tainted by their grief over their recently deceased daughter. Their stay in the familiar tourist destination takes on a nightmarish aura as they are overcome by eerie, synchronistic forebodings of worse things to come. Roeg unfolds the narrative slowly, with a subliminal seductiveness that gives sinister undertones to the simplest gestures and creates an overpowering aura of lurking danger. The wounded couple appears emotionally frozen in the aftermath of their loss, and they are believably susceptible to a blind old woman who claims to have visions of their daughter. But Venice is the real star here. It is not the sunny Italian playground of movies like Summertime or A Little Romance but the menacing city of films like Paul Schrader’s The Comfort of Strangers and, of course, Visconti’s Mahler-soaked adaptation of Death in Venice. Roeg presents Venice as a great, ancient maze, its gray decay freighted with Jungian archetypes and psychological metaphors. The result is one of the most enigmatic and unsettling thrillers of all time.
All Movie Guide
Director Nicolas Roeg made several puzzling, complex films in his prime; Don't Look Now is one of his most enigmatic and certainly his spookiest. Roeg masterfully plays with psychological themes and Venice's labyrinthine settings, using images of a red-coated figure scurrying along the canals to create an almost unbearable emotional intensity. Based on a short story by Daphne Du Maurier, Don't Look Now succeeds far better than more complex horror stories in taunting the viewer's nerves. It is never grisly, but uses dense atmospherics and a dazzlingly firm directorial hand to create a fascinating exploration of the supernatural. It is a far better film than many more popular films of the genre that feature children and psychic or supernatural links.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/10/2015
  • UPC: 715515136716
  • Original Release: 1973
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  • Source: Criterion
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:50:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 342

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Julie Christie Laura Baxter
Donald Sutherland John Baxter
Hilary Mason Heather
Clelia Matania Wendy
Massimo Serato Bishop Barbarigo
Renato Scarpa Inspector Longhi
Bruno Cattaneo Detective Sabbione
Adelina Poerio Dwarf
Ann Rye Mandy Babbage
Nicholas Salter Johnny Baxter
David Tree Anthony Babbage
Giorgio Trestini Workman
Leopoldo Trieste Hotel Manager
Sharon Williams Christine Baxter
Technical Credits
Nicolas Roeg Director
Giovanni Soccol Art Director
Anthony Richmond Cinematographer
Marit Allen Costumes/Costume Designer
Pino Donaggio Score Composer
Chris Bryant Screenwriter
Allan Scott Screenwriter
Daphne du Maurier Source Author
Francesco Cinieri Asst. Director
Graeme Clifford Editor
Anthony B. Unger Executive Producer
Peter Katz Producer
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