On October 10 & 11, experience the suspense classic that Time Out ranked at #1 in their Best 100 British Films list – director Nicolas Roeg’s 1973 peerless work of art, Don’t Look Now.
Adapted from a story by Daphne Du Maurier (Rebecca), Don’t Look Now opens with an unspeakable tragedy – while married couple John and Laura Baxter (Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie) are safe in their living room, their young daughter Christine suffers a fatal accident just outside their home. Still in shock and grief over their loss, John is commissioned to restore a church in Venice, and he and Laura travel to Italy in the hopes that a change of scenery and focus on work might help them heal. Not soon after arriving, they meet a mysterious pair of twins at a cafe, including one who claims to be a psychic and who can sense the spirit of their daughter traveling alongside them. John is skeptical, but Laura chooses to believe them, particularly because the psychic assures her that all is well with Christine’s spirit. The proceedings take a sinister turn however when Christine begins to deliver warnings – and when John begins to catch glimpses of a person who looks like Christine running through the foggy canals of Venice.
Famous for its masterful use of the color red, its stylish editing, a simultaneously graphic and wholly artful sex scene, and more than a few shocking twists, Don’t Look Now is a masterpiece of style and mood, and truly one of the greatest films of the 1970’s. Thanks to Janus Films, The Frida Cinema will be presenting Don’t Look Now on a 4K scan supervised by director Nicolas Roeg, in celebration of this seminal film’s 45th anniversary.
Directed by Nicolas Roeg. 1973. 110 minutes. Rated R.
Wednesday, October 10 – 2pm, 5:30pm, 8pm
Thursday, October 11 – 2pm, 5:30pm, 8pm
“Nicolas Roeg’s 1973 film remains one of the great horror masterpieces, working not with fright, which is easy, but with dread, grief and apprehension. Few films so successfully put us inside the mind of a man who is trying to reason his way free from mounting terror.” — Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
“Don’t Look Now uses the occult and the inexplicable as Henry James did: to penetrate the subconscious, to materialize phantoms from the psyche.” — Jay Cocks, Time Magazine
“The movie remains a devastating portrait of grief, a master class in disjunctive editing and a haunting disquisition on the use of the color red.” — Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times