Saturday, August 14, 2010
Don't Look Now: DVD
I watched Don't Look Now on DVD last year but since I'm hosting the Daphne du Maurier Challenge I decided to watch it again.
John (Donald Sutherland) and Laura Baxter (Julie Christie) are together in Venice after the drowning death of their daughter. John is restoring a church in the city and he takes Laura because 'she's not well.' One day they are having lunch when a blind psychic and her sister tell Laura her daughter Christine is happy and with them still. Laura wigs out but is comforted by this info. Christine has more to say; she has a warning for John. John wants nothing to do with all this "mumbo jumbo" and well, bad stuff happens.
Don't Look Now is based on du Maurier's short story of the same name which is much more subtle than the film. Movies from the 1970s always have a weird vibe. I don't know if it's the freaky music or strange cinematography but it just screams "this is a 70s movie!" the year I was born actually. It's artsy-fartsy. Another weird thing about the movie is a long awkward love scene. They're all elbows and knees. It's like watching a couple of praying mantes. Also don't wear your watch to bed; it's almost as sexy as wearing socks.
The movie keeps fairly close to the story with the exception of John's job. I think that just gives them a reason to hang out in creepy churches.
I loved Julie Christie's hair in the movie and she wears this pair of red boots that I want so bad. So yay for the costume and hair, nay on the weirdness.
This isn't a movie for everyone and it's definitely not a family film but I picked it up for $5 at Walmart so it is worth a look or two. Read the story first though.