Don't Look Now

Don't Look Now

Director: Nicolas Roeg Cast: Julie Christie, Donald Sutherland, Hilary Mason

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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/10/2015
UPC: 0715515136716
Original Release: 1973
Rating: R
Source: Criterion
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:50:00
Sales rank: 7,282

Special Features

Scénario de "Sauve qui pert (la vie)" (1979), a short video created by director Jean-Luc Godard to secure financing for Every Man for Himself New video essay by critic Colin MacCabe New interviews with actor Isabelle Hupert and producer Marin Karmitz Archival interviews with actor Nathalie Baye, cinematographers Renato Berta and William Lubtchansky, and composer Gabriel Yared Two back-to-back 1980 appearances by Godard on The Dick Cavett Show Godard (1980), a short film by Jon Jost, Donald Ranvaud, and Peter Wollen, featuring Godard Trailer

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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Don't Look Now 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
GinaK More than 1 year ago
If you love psychological ghost stories like "The Haunting of Hill House," you will enjoy this classic horror film based on a story by Daphne Du Maurier and set in a Venice like you have never seen it before -- desolate and haunted. A couple loses a child -- and then even stranger things happen. You should also invest in the Criterion Blu-Ray. I saw this film on an older DVD release and the murky transfer ruined the experience. All the actors are first-rate, and the short film that features the director Nicolas Roeg on the Criterion edition is wonderful for illuminating some of the dark corners of the film while suggesting that the film itself was fated to be made.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a truly artistic work of the macabre, from ''Walkabout'' director Nicholas Roeg. The story is of a couple, John and Laura Baxter (played by Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie), grieving over the accidental drowning of their small daughter. They move to Venice, where John works on the restoration of a church. The couple meet two sisters in a cafe, one blind and a psychic, who tells them their daughter is ''happy'' in her new world. Laura is comforted by this, but John scoffs, but is haunted by visions of a small figure darting around the canals, dressed in the same red rain coat his daughter used to wear.... The backdrop of Venice is not shown romantically here. It is crumbling and old in the dead of winter, depressing and emotionally draining and perfectly suits this film. There is a fantastic use of colour,(black and red notably) and good shock moments, including jerkey, quick images. There is also an equisite and well crafted love scene, one of the most famous in film history, which Donald Sutherland supposedly said was ''Absolutley horrible to shoot.'' The chilling finale, fine acting and and beautiful filming make this an ingenious erotic, supernatural thriller, that is highly understated today. All members are at their peak in this picture and it is truly emotionally affecting. While it is not a frightening as it used to be, it is still a masterpiece.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The 1st time I say this film I was mesmerised. A truly magnificent film that has stood the test of time.
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