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Don't Look Now (1973)

A married couple grieving the recent death of their young daughter are in Venice when they encounter two elderly sisters, one of whom is psychic and brings a warning from beyond.

Director:

Nicolas Roeg

Writers:

Daphne Du Maurier (story), Allan Scott (screenplay) (as Alan Scott) | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Julie Christie ... Laura Baxter
Donald Sutherland ... John Baxter
Hilary Mason ... Heather
Clelia Matania ... Wendy
Massimo Serato ... Bishop Barbarrigo
Renato Scarpa ... Inspector Longhi
Giorgio Trestini Giorgio Trestini ... Workman
Leopoldo Trieste ... Hotel Manager
David Tree ... Anthony Babbage
Ann Rye Ann Rye ... Mandy Babbage
Nicholas Salter Nicholas Salter ... Johnny Baxter
Sharon Williams ... Christine Baxter
Bruno Cattaneo Bruno Cattaneo ... Detective Sabbione
Adelina Poerio ... Dwarf
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Storyline

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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Trivia

The famous sex scene was completely removed by the Irish censor when 'Don't Look Now' was theatrically released in Ireland. See more »

Goofs

When Laura leaves the hotel near the end to pursue John, she is wearing boots but is barelegged. 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 »

Quotes

Bishop Barbarrigo: [while passing by a dilapidated church] The churches belong to God, but he doesn't seem to care about them.
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Alternate Versions

The region 1 DVD released by Paramount contains the full love scene which was slightly trimmed for an "R" rating in the U.S. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Das Superweib (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Io Per Amore
(uncredited)
Music by Pino Donaggio
Lyrics by Vito Pallavicini
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When is it ok then?
21 October 2019 | by kosmaspSee all my reviews

Some things should not be looked into. Or after for that matter. Some other things have so many different things going on, that even looking into them might confuse one more rather than explain things. This movie is one of those cases. It is quite weird to say the least and it has a lot of elements that might not work for a lot of people.

Then again this was not made for casual consumption. And as other directors state (on the special features), there are things Roeg does that are considered cinematic mistakes (zooms to name one). But they add to the flair and some even recognize his style over others just for that fact. So what works for some, will not work for others, which is not really a big philosophical discovery. You should get a sense of what the movie tries to do.

Either the trailer or maybe even the "intro" to the movie should suffice for that. The intro is quite obvious while rather silent. Most viewers should understand what is about to happen. Can you exactly explain why you can? Colors, composition, editing and more things add to that. Expectation surely does too. And yet it still should leave a mark to say the least.

While there are places where one might argue the film visibly has aged, there are many that transcend time. The love scene/montage (including nudity) being one of them. Weird to explain or to describe, this coninues to set the tone, but also keep the tone from what we had from the start. A difficult movie to watch for various reasons, but one that you will either cherish or be annoyd by for sure


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Release Date:

January 1974 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$108,000
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