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Review: Nicolas Roeg's Timeless Classic DON'T LOOK NOW - Movies In Focus
Nicolas Roeg’s Don’t Look Now is a stunningly crafted horror/thriller from 1973. It’s a classic, a wonderfully realised piece of cinema which delivers on a dramatic and an emotional level. This is how you make a horror movie. Based on Daphne du Maurier’s short story of the same name, the film follows John and Laura Baxter (Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie) as they try to rebuild their lives following the tragic death of their daughter. In Venice, where John is restoring a Church, the couple meet a pair of odd sisters ((Hilary Mason and Clelia Matania) who tell them that their dead daughter is still with them. This brings John and Laura closer together, but it soon causes friction in their relationship as they begin to see their daughter walking the Venice waterways. Will they reunite with her, or is there something more sinister happening? Roeg’s film brings together a lot of elements – gothic horror, thriller, drama, religious iconography, loss and the afterlife are just a few and he merges them to create a film that has a dreamlike quality. He plays with time, weaving through past, present and future to craft a powerful representation of the human psyche. In lesser-hands the [...]