Don't Look Now, based on a Daphne Du Maurier short
story, opens with architect Sutherland and wife Christie on
a working holiday in Venice recovering from the recent drowning
of their young daughter. The death has created an emotional
hole at the heart of their relationship which is fed, and
in turn feeds, their guilt over the death of their little
girl. But echoes of the drowning start to take over their
lives with a supernatural invasiveness which further fuels
a growing level of paranoia and shame...
main problem with Don't Look Now is that its plot and
structure cannot support a 1 hour 40 minute movie. Excessive
scenes of atmospherics - 'meaningful' shots and cutaways -
pepper the editing to a point where they interrupt the relationship
between the viewer and the action. The film tries too hard
to build an atmosphere and as a result often becomes laboured
which is a shame as there is much to recommend it; not least
its excellent lighting and its use of water as a dramatic
motif - Venice and the drowning.
print transfer for this DVD is excellent for a film of this
age and the sound is also clean and clear. And in order to
guard against the excessive over-scan on some TV sets the
transfers has been framed in a black border to offset the
image loss inherent on many domestic TVs. Take note DVD producers
- this is a good idea, please incorporate it more often.
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