Nicolas Roeg’s screen adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s short story, Don’t Look Now brings together a lot of wonderful elements to deliver one of the great films of the 1970s.
Gothic horror, thriller, drama, religious iconography, loss and the afterlife are just a few and threads which Roeg weaves together to craft a film which has a dreamlike quality. Roeg plays with time, weaving through past, present and future to craft a powerful representation of the human psyche. In lesser-hands the film could have collapsed under such weighty themes, but Roeg supports it by groundling the film in a beautifully dark reality.
He’s aided by Donal Sutherland and Julie Christie, who were at the height of their ‘70s movie star powers. They along with cinematographer Anthony B. Richmond, composer Pino Donaggio and editor Graeme Clifford all do sterling work, delivering a film which is a beautiful to listen to as it is to look at. This is filmmaking at its finest.
This image show Roeg, Sutherland and Christie on the set of Don’t Look Now.