Don't Look Now

Don't Look Now

DVD - 2015 | Director-approved two-DVD special edition.
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A married couple takes an extended trip to Venice following a family tragedy. While in that elegantly decaying city, they have a series of inexplicable, terrifying, and increasingly dangerous experiences.
Publisher: [Irvington, N.Y.] : The Criterion Collection, [2015]
Edition: Director-approved two-DVD special edition.
ISBN: 9781604659528
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (110 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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Sep 20, 2019

An early (1973) supernatural film that is stylish and sensual by virtue of the cast (Christie) and location (Venice.) The ending is odd and unexpected but fits the genre just fine.

Aug 23, 2019

Nicolas Roeg never lets the audience down when it comes to style. This one has an ominous feel to it that builds throughout. My only complaint would be with the Donald Sutherland performance. I always liked him but I feel he just wasn't a leading talent. There is so much that could be done with the role here, missed opportunities. But Julie Christie and the supporting cast more than make up for most of that. Perhaps not as great as many say, but a good horror thriller, for sure.

Feb 09, 2019

Second-sightseeing in Venice. Good cinematography and great editing try to sustain suspense, but ultimately fall short. Nicholas Roeg's inimitable style of editing disjointed flash forwards and flashbacks to tell a story are employed here to tell a tale of the effects of grief and the rebirth of hope on a couple after the tragic loss of a child. The viewer is not subtly bludgeoned with recurring motifs of water, the color red, falling, and claustrophobic street scenes, many of which are overly stylized and pointless. The decay and rot of Venice are used to good effect. The plot revolves around psychic foreshadowing of events, until the "shocking" reveal at the end. The movie has been variously described as a thriller, a suspense, a psychological study, and a horror film, but doesn't really deliver any of this very well. Overall, I found it to be shallow and unconvincing. In one scene that involves a fall, and subsequently an object falling in slow motion towards Donald Sutherland's character, I kept hoping that he would end up like the unfortunate Father Brennan in the 1976 version of "The Omen" where the priest gets impaled by a lightning rod falling from the top of a church, but unfortunately he lives, and the film goes on. If you look up the etymology of the exclamation "meh", you'll likely find that it began as a description of this movie. And despite some clever uses of the color red as a repetitive motif, it has the absolute worse use of theatrical blood I've ever seen, kind of cotton candy pink. It's hilarious at a moment intended to be horrifying, and so bad, I have to believe it must have been intentional, but to what end I'm at a loss to explain.

Dec 11, 2018

Once again, the wonderful folks at the Criterion Collection have outdone themselves. Their new digital restoration of Nicolas Roeg's 1973 film version of Daphne du Maurier's Don't Look Now is everything a fan like me could want. This moody horror film is #8 on the British Film Institute's official list of the Top 100 British Films of All Time. Watch it, and you'll see why.
DON'T LOOK NOW is a hypnotic descent into the supernatural as only Daphne du Maurier and Nicolas Roeg could imagine it. Sutherland and Christie are excellent, and the production values are extraordinary, particularly Anthony Richmond's cinematography and Pino Donaggio's haunting musical score.

Dec 11, 2018

A masterpiece of cinematography and editing, Don't Look Now vastly improves upon the short story by Daphne Du Maurier in creating a haunting cinematic poem of psychological fragmentation and fear. The director Nicholas Roeg started as a cinematographer, and his visual expertise in this film creates a truly poetic imagery of anxiety and eeriness set in the off-season, cold, disturbing winter of Venice. The images in this film will haunt any sensitive viewer for the rest of his or her life. The ending is truly terrifying. The originality and inventive style of this film has not been equaled to this day. There is a purely visual conception of images relating to each other metaphorically and suggestively I have never seen in any other film.

Dec 11, 2018

Directed by Nicolas Roeg in 1973 adapted from the short story by Daphne du Maurier, this thriller delves into the minds of the young couple in Venice.
Although the sex scene appears gracefully and romantically edited, the rest looks ridiculous and nonsensical.
Since I'm not much of an occult and psychic fan, the story doesn't make sense at all.
I feel I wasted viewing the whole movie.
The ending with the seemingly little girl in red totally disappointed me.
It seems to me a real flop.

Oct 23, 2018

After watching Hereditary, it was compared to the 1973 movie Don't Look Now. Luckily the library had a copy for me to watch. I don't know how I missed this movie in my youth but for the fact that it may have had a restricted rating while I was a teen. Let's just say I appreciated this movie. I adore the actors, Sutherland and Christie, in their prime. There was so much symbolism in it, superb editing as well as shocking ending. What really made this movie was not knowing anything about it before watching it. Some scenes really stay with you.

Hillsboro_BrianS Oct 18, 2018

Definitely an underrated gem of 70s horror from Nicholas Roeg. While Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie put in great performances, the decrepit beauty of Venice is the real star of the show.

Oct 06, 2018

This 1970’s thriller/drama film is about a family who is grieving over the death of their daughter and decide to go to Italy to get their mind off of things and start again. While there, the mother encounters her sisters who claim that they can get her in touch with her dead daughter. The father is skeptical at first, until he sees things for himself. What I like about this movie, (which is debated to be one of the best horror films of all time), is that it didn’t try too hard to be something that its not and it didn’t need crazy special effects in order to come across as scary. I would rate this movie 4.5/5 stars and recommend it to those who like scary movies with good acting and a good storyline. @The_Reviewer of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

Sep 20, 2018

I wasn't scared, but by the end, I was so sad and haunted and disturbed. Definitely a fine film: it's still in my head and won't leave me be.

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