Roeg’s dark masterpiece concerns a young couple taking time out in Venice while they attempt to come to terms with the death of their daughter. A ghost story that’s rooted in realism, a psychological thriller informed by supernatural elements, Don’t Look Now is a difficult film to categorise and an impossible one to forget.
The haunting sex scenes between Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland are remarkable for their tenderness and the raw emotion in the context of the painful place the pair are in. Film folklore would insist that these scenes were un-simulated, though both actors have denied they were doing anything other than acting. (Notes by Michael Hayden.)
This film is screening as part of Sex, the first of our three-month season dedicated to excess, presenting examples of how cinema has taken on sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll in Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll.
See also our monthly film from the IFI Irish Film Archive, From the Vaults: I Can’t I Can’t, which screens on January 22nd.