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Don’t Look Now

Do look now as we screen this classic horror-thriller starring Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie.

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UK-Italy 1973
Dir Nicolas Roeg
With Donald Sutherland, Julie Christie, Hilary Mason, Clelia Matania
Certificate 15

Roeg’s dazzlingly imaginative adaptation of a Daphne du Maurier short story is surely his greatest achievement. To come to terms with their daughter’s death, a couple winter in Venice, where a blind woman tells them she’s seen the child... If the film, with its chilly hints of the supernatural, is an enormously effective thriller, it’s also an insightful study of profound grief. The wife (Christie) looks to the past for solace, the husband (Sutherland) to the future; accordingly, the fragmented narrative creates a psychological reality where time becomes a tangle of memory, hope, fantasy and fear, while the densely allusive imagery (reds, water, glass, darkness) turns the couple’s Venetian sojourn into a waking nightmare. Hauntingly brilliant.

Geoff Andrew, Programmer-at-large

Also available on BFI Player.

Closed Captions/Hearing-impaired subtitled screenings on:
Sun 14 Jul 15:00 Studio
Wed 17 Jul 18:15 NFT2


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