Capital Celluloid 2019 - Day 186 : Fri Jul 5

Don't Look Now (Roeg,1973): BFI Southbank, NFT2 2.30pm & 6.10pm; NFT1 8.50pm

This classic British chiller starts an extended run at BFI Southbank tonight. Details here.

Time Out review: 
A superbly chilling essay in the supernatural, adapted from Daphne du Maurier's short story about a couple, shattered by the death of their small daughter, who go to Venice to forget. There, amid the hostile silences of an off-season resort, they are approached by a blind woman with a message of warning from the dead child; and half- hoping, half-resisting, they are sucked into a terrifying vortex of time where disaster may be foretold but not forestalled. Conceived in Nicolas Roeg's usual imagistic style and predicated upon a series of ominous associations (water, darkness, red, shattering glass), it's hypnotically brilliant as it works remorselessly toward a sense of dislocation in time; an undermining of all the senses, in fact, perfectly exemplified by Donald Sutherland's marvellous Hitchcockian walk through a dark alley where a banging shutter, a hoarse cry, a light extinguished at a window, all recur as in a dream, escalating into terror the second time round because a hint of something seen, a mere shadow, may have been the dead child.

Tom Milne

Here is Mark Cousins’ introduction to the film in his Videodrome series from BBC TV.

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