Yet it seems to only maintain a legacy among the stuffy circles of cinephile culture. Or a mental projection? The film's inexplicably bizarre circus-of-the-mind editing style suggests either explanation, creating for a narrative experience that at times evokes a soapy romance, and other times feels like a full-on torture chamber.
February 09, Reviews. Roeg wastes no time in knocking viewers off balance, introducing key visual motifs—water, broken glass, a red raincoat—before the main characters have said more than a few words. Without dwelling for a microsecond on the immediate aftermath, Roeg whisks John and his wife Laura Julie Christie to Venice at some unknown time in the future—a month?
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And despite Time Out not entirely unexpectedly, to be fair failing to ask me for my input in its poll, I agree with its conclusion wholeheartedly. Don't Look Now's preoccupation with red is served handsomely by the new 4K Blu-ray release. Every element of the film gels together in perfect harmony. The eerie, mysterious story unfolds at such an immaculate, almost subliminal pace that you barely notice its progression.
Almost 50 years after the movie first hit cinemas, it is rightly acclaimed as a classic of the genre. The adaptation of a novella by Rebecca author Daphe du Maurier features a grieving couple, played by Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie, as they work to restore church buildings in Venice while grieving the death of their daughter in a tragic drowning accident. Midway through the film, the couple have sex, in a sequence Roeg intercuts with quiet images of them calmly getting dressed for dinner.
How many people could do that? Not me. Roeg makes you see the world differently, I think, which is a wonderful gift.
I must admit, the first time I watched it though, many years ago, I was a little perplexed by it. However, a rewatch helped me appreciated it more. John seems to get a premonition of the event just before it happens so rushes to save the girl but is too late.
On a trip to Venice, a young couple whose daughter has just died meet a psychic who leads them into a frightening and suspenseful experience. Based on a novel by Daphne Du Maurier. Rentals include 30 days to start watching this video and 48 hours to finish once started.
Inside Film: On screen, the picturesque canal city is portrayed as an eerie, decaying metropolis. In movie after movie, it is associated with death, corruption or romantic betrayal and sexual humiliation. While others rhapsodised about the churches and the paintings in Venice, Roeg in interviews would talk about the putrid smell that wafted over the Venice lagoon.