🎥 Don’t Look Now – 1973
The Story …
Some time after the drowning of their young daughter Christine in an accident at their English country home, John Baxter and his grief-stricken wife Laura travel to Venice where John has accepted a commission from a bishop to restore an ancient church.
Laura encounters two elderly sisters, Heather and Wendy, at a restaurant where she and John are dining; Heather claims to be psychic and—despite being blind—informs Laura she is able to “see” the Baxters’ deceased daughter.
Shaken, Laura returns to her table, then faints …
Laura is taken to the hospital, where she later tells John what Heather told her.
John is sceptical but pleasantly surprised by the positive change in Laura’s demeanour. That evening after returning from the hospital, John and Laura have passionate sex. Afterwards, they go out to dinner, and en route get lost and briefly become separated.
John catches a glimpse of a small figure wearing a red coat similar to the one Christine was wearing when she died.
The next day, Laura meets with Heather and Wendy, who hold a séance to try to contact Christine. When she returns to the hotel, Laura informs John that Christine said he is in danger and must leave Venice. John argues with Laura, but that night they receive a telephone call informing them that their son has been injured in an accident at boarding school.
Laura departs for England, while John stays on to complete the restoration. Shortly afterward, John is nearly killed in an accident at the church when the scaffold he is standing on collapses, and he interprets this as the “danger” foretold by the sisters.
Later that day, assuming that Laura is in England, John is shocked when he spots her on a passing boat in a funeral cortege, accompanied by the sisters. Concerned about his wife’s mental state and with reports of a serial killer at large in Venice, John reports Laura’s seeming disappearance to the police.
The inspector investigating the killings is suspicious of John and has him followed. After conducting a futile search for Laura and the sisters—during which he again sees the childlike figure in the red coat—John contacts his son’s school to enquire about his condition, only to discover that Laura is actually there. After speaking to her to confirm she really is in England, a bewildered John returns to the police station to inform the police he has found his wife.
In the meantime, the police have brought Heather in for questioning, and an apologetic John offers to escort her back to the hotel.
Shortly after returning to the hotel, Heather slips into a trance. John quickly leaves. Upon coming out of the trance, Heather pleads with her sister to go after John, sensing that something terrible is about to happen, but Wendy is unable to catch up with him.
Meanwhile, John catches another glimpse of the mysterious figure in red and this time pursues it. He corners the figure in a deserted palazzo and approaches, believing it to be a child. The figure turns to face him, revealing that it is a hideous female dwarf. When John freezes in shock, the dwarf pulls out a meat cleaver and cuts his throat.
Dying, John realises too late that the strange sightings he experienced were premonitions of his own murder and funeral.
- Directed by : Nicolas Roeg
- Screenplay by : Allan Scott, Chris Bryant
- Based on : “Don’t Look Now” by Daphne du Maurier
- Produced by : Peter Katz
- Cinematography : Anthony Richmond
- Edited by : Graeme Clifford
- Music by : Pino Donaggio
- Production Companies : Casey Productions and Eldorado Films
- Distributed by : British Lion Films and F.A.R. International Films (Italy)
- Release Date : 16 October 1973
- Julie Christie as Laura Baxter
- Donald Sutherland as John Baxter
- Hilary Mason as Heather
- Clelia Matania as Wendy
- Massimo Serato as Bishop Barbarrigo
- Renato Scarpa as Inspector Longhi
- Giorgio Trestini as Workman
- Leopoldo Trieste as Hotel Manager
- David Tree as Anthony Babbage
- Ann Rye as Mandy Babbage
- Nicholas Salter as Johnny Baxter
- Sharon Williams as Christine Baxter
- Bruno Cattaneo as Detective Sabbione
- Adelina Poerio as Dwarf
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