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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.



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Complete credited cast:
... Laura Baxter
... John Baxter
... Heather
... Wendy
... Bishop Barbarrigo
... Inspector Longhi
Giorgio Trestini ... Workman
... Hotel Manager
... Anthony Babbage
Ann Rye ... Mandy Babbage
Nicholas Salter ... Johnny Baxter
... Christine Baxter
Bruno Cattaneo ... Detective Sabbione
... Dwarf


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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It's utter MADNESS! See more »


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Release Date:

January 1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Inverno de Sangue em Veneza  »


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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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The film debut for composer Pino Donaggio. See more »


The dead woman that is hauled up from the river blinks. See more »


Laura Baxter: One of your children has posed a curious question: if the world is round, why is a frozen lake flat?
John Baxter: That's a good question.
Laura Baxter: [flipping through book] Ah, here it says that Lake Ontario curves more than 3 degrees from its Eastern end to its Western end. So frozen water really isn't flat.
John Baxter: Nothing is what it seems.
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References Hour of the Wolf (1968) See more »


Music by Emidio Remigi
Lyrics by Vito Pallavicini
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A bizarre and brilliant ride
10 May 2017 | by See all my reviews

I love it when you come across a film in which you can tell the director is in complete control. Directors like Stanley Kubrick, Brian De Palma and Nicolas Roeg are some of the first that come to mind. It seems that so much thought goes into every scene, yet the thinking isn't always lateral. They have an ability to make what would otherwise be a completely ordinary scene, something utterly unique and thought-provoking. The end product is almost always a delight to watch and what Roeg has produced here with 'Don't Look Now' is no exception.

There's quite a bizarre feel watching this film. From the rather odd characters (not just the small parts either, but the lead roles as well), the Italian language that is rarely explained to us what is actually being said, and an odd story that isn't entirely clear where it is going. If handled wrongly, all this could equal an absolute mess of a film. However in the case of 'Don't Look Now', Roeg keeps us convinced that he has some tricks up his sleeve, and this makes for a very fun viewing experience trying to work out where exactly this is all headed.

Where it is headed is to a quite brilliant ending. I'll admit I had to go back and watch the ending again to make sure I fully understood what I had just witnessed. This only confirmed to me though that it was indeed an ingenious way to finish the film. This is the type of movie that either demands you go back and watch it again, or else leaves you thinking about it for days to come.

'Don't Look Now' may not be for everyone. I imagine it to be quite a polarising film in that way. If you aren't enjoying it in the early stages, chances are you aren't really going to enjoy it at all. I can only assure you that it is worth persisting with and just excepting the oddness that will creep up at times. A really good film that deserves all the recognition it gets.

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