Rent Don't Look Now (1973)

3.5 of 5 from 274 ratings
1h 46min
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Synopsis:
On a cold, bright autumn day in Suffolk, England, a little girl in a red mackintosh drowns in a pond-the daughter of John (Donald Sutherland) and Laura Baxter (Julie Christie). 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 sceptical, 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 close in on John, illusion, reality and sudden terror spiral the story to its grotesque climax.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Peter Katz
Writers:
Daphne Du Maurier, Allan Scott, Chris Bryant
Others:
Bob Jones, Graeme Clifford, Peter Davies, Anthony Richmond, Rodney Holland
Studio:
Optimum
Genres:
British Films, Classics, Drama, Horror, Thrillers
Countries:
UK
Awards:

1974 BAFTA Best Cinematography

BBFC:
Release Date:
19/09/2011
Run Time:
106 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
None
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.77:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • New and exclusive audio commentary from director Nicolas Roeg
  • Looking Back: 20 min featurette including interviews with Roeg, cinematographer Anthony B. Richmond and editor Graeme Clifford
  • Introduction by Alan Jones, author of The Rough Guide To Horror New and exclusive interview with composer Pino Donnagio
  • Trailers
BBFC:
Release Date:
04/07/2011
Run Time:
111 minutes
Languages:
English LPCM Mono
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Audio Commentary with Nicolas Roeg
  • "Looking Back" Featurette
  • Nothing Is as it Seems
  • Trailer
  • Compressed version of Don't Look Now (made by Danny Boyle for BAFTA tribute)
  • Interviews with Composer Pino Danaggio, Danny Boyle, Screenwriter/Producer Allan Scott, Cinematographer Tony Richmond and Donald Sutherland
BBFC:
Release Date:
29/07/2019
Run Time:
110 minutes
Languages:
English LPCM Mono
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 0 (All)
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
(0) All
Disc 1:
This disc includes the main feature
Disc 2:
This disc includes special features (Blu-ray Disc)

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Reviews (2) of Don't Look Now

Horror Classic. - Don't Look Now review by Steve Mason

Spoiler Alert
Updated 04/03/2021

This stands alone at the peak of British horror films, delivering visceral shocks in a dense atmosphere of supernatural dread. It is felicitously located in the labyrinthine canals of an out of season Venice; which lead Donald Sutherland to an unexpected and disorientating conclusion.

It is an intensely felt film, but also intelligent and sensual. Sutherland and his wife (Julie Christie) lose their daughter and try to hide their grief in distraction, he restoring a church in a rather gothic looking Venice, while she pursues a growing obsession with the paranormal. But it is Sutherland who experiences the mysterious and frightening visions.

The remarkable support cast contributes most satisfyingly to the feeling of anxiety: Hilary Mason and Clelia Mantania as the seemingly ubiquitous seers, Ranato Scarpa as an inscrutable detective, and Massimo Serato as the saturnine bishop, who all seem to know much more than they ever say. And the grey, rainy Venice and its churches provide a most ambient, sinister environment.

A flawlessly realised work by the idiosyncratic Roeg and one of the best films ever made in the UK.

4 out of 4 members found this review helpful.

Cheap production otherwise a cracker. - Don't Look Now review by JD

Spoiler Alert
26/01/2010

This film suffers by having a rather naff title which sounds like a Saturday children's matinee and a production budget that must have been less than 30 shillings. It feels very dated because of it. The plot however is good but the direction and acting are outstanding.

1 out of 6 members found this review helpful.