Don’t Look Now (1973)
Starring: Donald Sutherland, Julie Christie, Hilary Mason and Adelina Perio as the DWARF
directed by: Nicholas Roeg
Mr and Mrs Baxter, a couple grieving over their recently deceased daughter, head to Venice to recover from the trauma. Once there, they meet a mysterious blind woman who claims to have made contact with their daughter. Things take a more ominous turn when Mr Baxter begins to see a mysterious yet familiar figure in a red coat scuttling round the canals of the city……can this be his daughter?
A classic horror film and a worthy companion to other genre masterpieces. Sutherland and Christie are well-cast as the unfortunate Mr and Mrs Baxter; and the viewer really begins to care for the increasingly erratic couple as the plot progresses. There are some great scenes between Christie/Sutherland and Hilary Mason’s unhinged blind mystic.
The direction is flawless and full of ‘flash’ touches. What really hit me about this movie is the chilling use of the colour red. The cinematography is first-class and I loved the creepy chase sequences set in the darkened alleyways and canal paths of Venice after-dark.
The ending is one of the most surprising I have seen.
Surely, this is what films are all about – a great experience, which is terrifying and exhilarating. One of the few films critically considered as ‘art’ which I think actually chimes with most people. It’s not pretentious, it’s just bloody good.
Survives many a repeated viewing.
hotdog rating: 9/10