Mar 2, 2010

Posted in 1970s, European Films, Films Categories, Guest Writer, Italy

Don’t Look Now (1973)

Don’t Look Now (1973)

Greetings kiddies, I am back for another fun filled review, this time for the suspenseful thriller Don’t Look Now.

The first question I want to pose to the viewer is, IS SEEING ALWAYS BELIEVING?

The Story opens up with a terrible tragedy with the death of a child, and I can’t imagine anything more painful and terrifying than having to bury your own child, that alone gets you on a psychological level as well as make the viewer feel vulnerable. Looking to get away from there recent loss John Baxter (Donald Sutherland) and Laura Baxter (Julie Christie) go to Italy for a job that John has been contacted for. As John works on restoring an old church Laura is approached by two older women, one claiming to have the second sight. Further more the woman claims to have had contact with the child from beyond grave. Laura believing that there child is contacting the elderly women eagerly explains to John that he must speak to the women, John quickly denounces the power of the older women and all things supernatural.

The interesting thing about Don’t Look Now, is the atmosphere and the chillingly score by Pino Donaggio. Now I like to consider myself a tough gruff, but this movie made me sweat more than a single white female walking back to her Harlem apartment alone on a Saturday night. Imagery is very strong here, powerful suggestions are shoved down your throat as if the film maker took a crash course in Nazi propaganda films; these suggestions are made through out the film that makes you question the authenticity of the older couple.

Now to discuss what all of you perverted people might have heard about this film, yes there is a sex scene, a very graphic sex scene that makes me believe that penthouse may have produced a little of this film. It’s not Caligula obscene but watching this film with a group of fellas might make you feel uncomfortable, and by the time you reach the end of the film you might feel compelled to go into a deep philosophical discussion about the events that just happened, or hide under a rock and avoid people who can fit down a McDonalds slide.

The film works on multiple levels the acting is top notch, the music is chilling, the direction of the film is amazing, and lets not forget about the editor (Graeme Clifford) that not only fools you once but fools you twice, he is as much as a star as the rest of the cast. I really encourage this film if you are looking for a suspenseful psychological brain melt.

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Director: Nicolas Roeg
Starring: Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie
Run time: 1hr 50 min.

– By Keith

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Rating: 5.0/5 (2 votes cast)
Don’t Look Now (1973), 5.0 out of 5 based on 2 ratings

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