Indeed, it’s an *amazing* piece of work – totally influential (cf Out Of Sight and a dozen other temporally-fragmented sequences of the post-modern era), genuinely terrifying and, with regards to the whole opening section, through the appearance of Julie Christie on the boat and beyond, a narrative thread that leads to an utterly devastating climax, really unlike any other horror film of the last 35 years. Shyamalan’s (well-orchestrated) manipulation seems even more transparent when up against this.Team Banzai wrote:DISAGREE - DON't LOOK NOW is possibly my favourite "horror" film ever...
perhaps it was the time in life that i first watched it, i was around 10 or 12 and somehow me mum and dad let me watch it on tv... i could not get the final images out of my head and i had to go and sleep in their bed for the night. in fact i STILL cannot watch the last sequence without covering my eyes!
a brilliant, hypnotic, shattering film - but to each their own..
It’s also one of the saddest pictures ever made, oozing tragic fatalism and tremulous unease throughout every lovingly shot frame, from that wrenching opening through the emotionally charged love scenes and menacing, always enclosing Venice streets to the truly shocking climax. It’s a masterclass of foreshadowing too. And yeah, the Pino Donnagio score is one for the ages.