DON’T LOOK NOW

BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELL
OCTOBER 19, 2013

On the surface, “Don’t Look Now” is a chilling journey in the world of psychics and profound emotional loss. The question to ask is whether the film is terrifying or if its horror comes from the ’70s nature of the film. Horror films like “Rosemary’s Baby” and “The Birds” are made scarier by the old-fashioned feel of the medium of old film. The grainy look and stiff performances are eerie, like looking at solemn black-and-white photos from the early ’90s, where no one ever smiles. Donald Sutherland provides a triumphant role as a grieving father, facing off with relocating to a foreign country after the loss of his daughter, along with a blind psychic that warns him of imminent danger. Not quite to the standards of Hitchcock or Polanski, Roeg does a commendable job of imitating these directors, but for the most part, delivers a straightforward thriller with little to no tension.

RELEASE DATE
December 9, 1973

DIRECTOR
Nicolas Roeg

WRITTEN BY
Allan Scott
Chris Bryant

BASED ON
“Don’t Look Now”
by Daphne du Maurier

STUDIO
Paramount Pictures

R

DRAMA
HORROR
THRILLER

110 minutes

CINEMATOGRAPHER
Anthony B. Richmond

COMPOSER
Pino Donaggio

EDITOR
Graeme Clifford

CAST
Julie Christie
Donald Sutherland
Hilary Mason
Clelia Matania
Massimo Serato
Renato Scarpa
Leopoldo Trieste
Sharon Williams

PRODUCED BY
Peter Katz

BUDGET
$1.1 million

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