Don't Look Now
is a 1973 horror/thriller film directed by Nicolas Roeg and based on a short story by Daphne du Maurier.
John and Laura Baxter (Donald Sutherland
, Julie Christie) are mourning the death of their daughter Christine. After moving to Venice, John starts seeing a small figure in the same kind of red raincoat his daughter was wearing when she died. Meanwhile, Venice is plagued by a series of murders.
This movie contains examples of:
- Adaptation Expansion: By Daphne Du Maurier's own account, she thought the film a stronger adaptation than her own novel.
- Adult Fear: Losing a child, very popular.
- Alien Geometries: Venice comes across like this, with John and Laura getting lost far too easily in places they should feel familiar with
- Blind Seer
- CPR (Clean, Pretty, Reliable): Averted; not only is it unreliable, the mud makes it unpretty!
- Creepy Child: Played with. John thinks he sees one, only he's not quite right.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: John. With a meat cleaver to the neck, no less!
- Gainax Ending
- Ghost City: Venice comes across as this. This isn't the sunny touristy Venice, but Venice in the off season, where everything closes early, the streets are dark and wet, and isolation sinks in effortlessly.
- Infant Immortality: Averted.
- Fainting: Laura passes out at a restaurant after a blind woman claims to have seen Christine sitting between her and John, laughing.
- Little Dead Riding Hood
- Little People Are Surreal
- Meaningful Background Event: Subverted. Christine Baxter drowns while wearing a red raincoat in the film's opening, and the entire film suggests that she's trying to speak with the from the beyond but it's really a midget in a red raincoat with a meat cleaver, who murders randomly.
- Mind Screw
- Psychological Horror
- Skyward Scream: John, after surfacing with his dead daughter in his arms.
- Throw It In: The sex scene, which would go on to earn a reputation as one of the most genuinely passionate on film, was a last minute idea by the director, who felt the couple would spend too much time arguing otherwise.
- Because of this, there's a bit of an urban legend to the effect that it was unsimulated, which has been emphatically denied by (at least) Donald Sutherland.