Cities in films #2: VENICE


After their young daughter drowns, Laura and John Baxter (Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland) travel to a wintry Venice, where John is overseeing a church renovation. Nicholas Roeg’s Venice, like Italo Calvino’s, is a puzzle of subjective layers, a world both physical and metaphorical. It becomes a spatial manifestation of the couple’s grief and confusion, as the water which embodies that initial tragedy winds endlessly around them, creeping ever higher. (photo by Maciej Hermann)