Wednesday, 31 March 2010

(500) Films of Empire - Day 196

167 - Don't Look Now - 5 stars
The film that made people scared to death of anyone in a red anorak, especially if they were short!
Often pigeonholed as a horror film, but this is so much more. It is a story of a couple dealing with the loss of a child; a ghost story with a blind woman claiming to have a connection to their dead daughter; a murder mystery; a tragic story about fate.
Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland work wonderfully together to create one of the most believable screen couples in cinematic history. There is an incredible sense of intimacy and history between them, whether in simply a look or a touch or in that sex scene.
Nic Roeg directs with panache. Showing off the beauty of Venice but at the same time creating a real sense of unease and foreboding, particularly whenever the colour red is used.
You know that something bad will happen but it still comes as a shock when it does.

Days remaining - 169 Films remaining - 219

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