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Don’t Look Now
BUY TICKETS 8pm Thursday 15 November
DIRECTOR Nicolas Roeg
CAST Julie Christie, Donald Sutherland, Hilary Mason, Clelia Matania
Nicolas Roeg’s superb psychological thriller starring Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland follows a couple who move to Venice after the death of their daughter.
Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland excel in Nicolas Roeg’s thriller about the psychology of grief adapted from a short story by Daphne du Maurier. They play a couple who move to Venice in an attempt to get over the tragic death of their daughter. The fluidly atmospheric streets and canals of the city are the backdrop for a sustained, escalating sense of impending tragedy. Recently voted in Time Out as the best British film of all time. Shown as part of the British cinema film course.
(1973 UK / Italy 105 mins)
A chance to revisit Nic Roeg’s greatest achievement: a brilliant, in many ways unique, conflation of the erotic and the uncanny, with a masterly feel for images and mood that will reverberate in your mind for days. Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie give performances of deeply felt humanity and sensitivity as the parents of a dead child who encounter, in Venice’s dankly crumbling splendour, presentiments of her existence beyond the grave. Attractively studded with 1970s high-cultural references – how many love-making couples now keep a copy of Rolf Hochhuth’s The Representative by the bed? – the movie looks nevertheless fresher than ever. It’s a ghost story; it’s a meditation on time, memory and the poignancy of married love. And it’s a masterpiece. Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Language: English and Italian
BBFC advice: Contains strong sex, violence and injury detail
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