Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Capital Celluloid - Day 170: Tuesday June 21

Don't Look Now (Roeg, 1973): Soho Curzon, 6.30pm

Curzon welcomes acclaimed director Nicolas Roeg for a Q&A after a special screening of his celebrated film, Don’t Look Now, widely acknowledged as perhaps Roeg's finest film and one of the best British films of the 70s. Roeg will also be joined by writer Allan Scott after the screening.

Don't Look Now was voted No1 in the recent Time Out Best of British movies poll.

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 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 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 the trailer 
 

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