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Don't Look Now (1973)

 -  Drama | Horror | Thriller  -  January 1974 (USA)
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A married couple grieving the recent death of their little daughter are in Venice when they encounter two elderly sisters, one of whom is psychic and brings a warning from beyond.

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John and Laura Baxter are in Venice when they meet a pair of elderly sisters, one of whom claims to be psychic. She insists that she sees the spirit of the Baxters' daughter, who recently drowned. Laura is intrigued, but John resists the idea. He, however, seems to have his own psychic flashes, seeing their daughter walk the streets in her red cloak, as well as Laura and the sisters on a funeral gondola. Written by James Meek <james@oz.net>

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$1,500,000 (estimated)

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SEK 790,825 (Sweden)
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In 2011, both co-star Donald Sutherland and producer Peter Katz issued rebuttals to the longstanding rumor that Sutherland and Julie Christie had engaged in unsimulated intercourse during their characters' sex scene. See more »

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when laura leaves the hotel near the end to pursue john she is wearing boots but is bare legged. later in the chase as she scrambles over a boat she is wearing the same boots but is now also wearing dark colored stockings/tights. See more »

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Heather: One of the things I love about Venice, is that it's so safe for me to walk.
John Baxter: Steps.
Heather: Thank you... The sound changes, you see, as you come to a canal. And the echoes from the walls are so clear... My sister hates it.
John Baxter: That's too bad.
Heather: She says it's like a city in aspic, wrapped over from a dinner party, where all the guests are dead or gone.
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Surreal and mind-bending
20 December 2003 | by (Glasgow, Scotland) – See all my reviews

Don't Look Now was clearly ahead of its time. In 1973, psychological movies such as this were either rare, or basic. Don't Look Now attempts to go where a lot of movies had never been, which was a realm where many things never truly make sense and yet behind it all is a coherent purpose.

First of it is *not* a candidate for greatest horror film ever, though the Times would have you believe otherwise. What it *is* though is a highly confusing yet thought-provoking story which covers grief and dillusion in equal measure.

Donald Sutherland plays John Baxter, who's married to Laura, who lose a child in an accident and find their worlds turned upside-down as a result. However, thereafter the story is set in Venice where John's working on a job and Laura's accompanied him there, and where things start to get disturbing for the couple as events begin to focus on their dead daughter and paranormal themes emerge.

It *is* a strange tale, and ultimately what you get out of it is entirely up to you. It is probably from this film that the likes of David Lynch started to derive inspiration.

Overall, good, if intrinsically confusing.


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