When you ask people to make lists of of their favourite of horror films, Nicolas Roeg’s Don’t Look Now is always on those lists. Considered a masterpiece by many, the 1973 film stars Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie. They play a couple recovering from the tragedy of their daughter’s drowning head to to Venice, Italy. However their time in the city turns to terror, frustration as things take a grotesque psychological downward spiral.
The film has lot’s of motifs and meanings and thanks to The Cinema Cartography looks at some of the most intriguing and mystifying motifs and meaning in a new Video Essay…
DON’T LOOK NOW, Nicolas Roeg’s finest film and arguably, one of the best British films ever made. Starring Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie, this is a brilliant adaptation of a Daphne Du Maurier short story. On a cold, bright autumn day in Suffolk, England, a little girl in a red mackintosh drowns in a pond – the daughter of John and Laura Baxter. Trying to recover from the tragedy, the couple arrive in Venice, Italy, where John has been commissioned to restore a church. In the eerie atmosphere of the lagoon city in winter, they encounter two strange sisters. Laura is suddenly released from her grief when one of them, a blind psychic, tells her that she is in contact with her dead daughter. Angered and skeptical, John carries on with his work, but witnesses an unsettling vision of his own: a little girl in a red mackintosh disappearing into the Venetian alleys.
As Venice and his fate closes in on John, illusion, reality and sudden terror spiral the story to its grotesque climax, as the design in director Nicolas Roeg’s mosaic becomes unforgettably clear.