Don’t Look Now (1973)

UK, Italy,
110m
35mm, Technicolor, 1.85:1
mono, English, Italian
Reviewed at The

A British/Italian horror film directed by Nicolas Roeg and based on a story by Daphne Du Maurier.

Plot Summary

Following the death by of their young daughter, architect John Baxter and his wife Laura travel to to try to deal with their grief while Baxter oversees the restoration of an old church. There, Laura meets a pair of psychic sisters who claim that they are in contact with her daughter…

Credits

Crew
Directed by: Nicolas Roeg
A Peter Katz and Anthony B. Unger production. Filmed by Casey Productions Ltd, London and Eldorado Films s.r.l. Rome
© MCMLXXIII [1973] D.L.N. Ventures Partnership
Production Executive: Steve Previn
Executive Producer: Anthony B. Unger
Produced by: Peter Katz
Associate Producer: Frederico Mueller
Unit Manager: Franco Coduti
Screenplay by: Allan Scott and Chris Bryant
From a story by Daphne Du Maurier
Assistant Director: Francesco Cinieri
Continuity: Rita Agostini
Director of Photography: Anthony Richmond
Camera Operator: Luciano Tonti
Assistant Cameraman: Simon Ransley
Gaffer: Luciano Marrocchi
Key Grip: Spartaco Pizzi
Cameras and Lenses by Panavision
Film Editor: Graeme Clifford
Assistant Editors: Tony Lawson, Peter Holt
Music by: Pino Donnagio
Arranged and Conducted by: Giampiero Boneschi
Edizioni Curci, Milan
Sound Recordist: Peter Davies
Sound Editor: Rodney Holland
Dubbing Mixer: Bob Jones
Re-recording at Shepperton Studios, England
Miss Christie's Wardrobe: Marit Lieberson & Andrea Galer
Wardrobe Mistress: Annamaria Fea
Make-up: Giancarlo Del Brocco
Hair Stylist: Barry Richardson
Hairdresser: Maria Luisa Garbini
Art Director: Giovanni Soccol
Set Dresser: Francesco Chinanese
Production Accountant: Terence O'Connor
Publicity: Hubert Doyle
Filmed on location in Hertfordshire, England and Venice, Italy
Stunt Coordinator: Richard Grayden
Casting: Miriam Brickman, Ugo Mariotti

Cast
Julie Christie (Laura Baxter)
Donald Sutherland (John Baxter)
Hilary Mason (Heather)
Massimo Serato (Bishop Barbarrigo)
Clelia Matania (Wendy)
Renato Scarpa (Inspector Longhi)
Giorgio Trestini (workman)
Leopoldo Trieste (hotel manager)
David Tree (Anthony Babbage)
Ann Rye (Mandy Babbage)
Nicholas Salter (Johnny Baxter)
Sharon Williams (Christine Baxter)
Bruno Cattaneo (Detective Sabbione)
Adelina Poerio (dwarf)

Alternative Titles

A Venezia… un dicembre rosso shocking – Italian title
Amenaza en la sombra – Spanish title
Aquele Inverno em Veneza – Portugese title
Kauhunkierre – Finnish title
Ne vous retournez pas – French title
Nie ogladaj sie tera – Polish title
Rødt chok – Danish title
Rösten från andra sidan – Swedish title
Venecia rojo shocking – Argentinian title
Wenn die Gondeln Trauer tragen – West German title

Extracts included in
Don't Look Now – Looking Back (2002)
A Personal History of British Cinema by Stephen Frears (1997)

See also
Full Circle (1977)

References

Periodicals

  • Castle of Frankenstein no.25 p.58
  • Cinema no.34 (1974) pp.22-23 – review
  • CinemaTV Today no.10012 (30 December 1972) p.9 – credits (In production)
  • CinemaTV Today no.10013 (6 January 1973) p.31 – credits (In production)
  • CinemaTV Today no.10014 (13 January 1973) p.15 – credits (In production)
  • CinemaTV Today no.10015 (20 January 1973) p.11 – credits (In production)
  • CinemaTV Today no.10016 (27 January 1973) p.21 – credits (In production)
  • CinemaTV Today no.10017 (3 February 1973) p.12 – credits (In production)
  • CinemaTV Today no.10018 (10 February 1973) p.8 – credits (In production)
  • CinemaTV Today no.10019 (17 February 1973) pp.6; 8 – credits (In production); credits (Post production)
  • CinemaTV Today no.10020 (24 February 1973) p.10 – credits (In production)
  • CinemaTV Today no.10026 (7 April 1973) p.14 – credits (Post production)
  • CinemaTV Today no.10030 (5 May 1973) p.10 – credits (Post production)
  • CinemaTV Today no.10054 (20 October 1973) p.14 – review
  • Classic Television no.5 (June/July 1998) pp.10-25 – illustrated synopsis, article (British Film: The Classic Television Top 100)
  • Delirium no.26 (2021) pp.6-9 – illustrated interview with Pino Donaggio (Melodies of madness and monsters by Michael Gingold)
  • Empire no.53 (November 1993) p.50 – illustrated letter
  • Empire no.142 (April 2001) p.60 – illustrated review
  • Film Criticism vol.6 no.1 (Autumn 1981) pp.47-55 – article
  • Film Quarterly vol.27 no.3 (Spring 1974) pp.39-43 – article
  • Film Review no.604 (April 2001) p.34 – illustrated review
  • Films and Filming vol.20 no.2 (November 1973) p.45 – credits, review
  • Films Illustrated vol.3 no.28 (October 1973) pp.126, 128 – review
  • A Fistful of Soundtracks no.3 (July 1981) p.50 – review
  • Flesh and Blood no.3 (1994) pp.31, 32 – illustrated credits, review
  • Focus on Film no.16 (Autumn 1973) pp.8-9 – illustrated credits, review (by Peter Cowie)
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.229 no.12 (7 December 1973) p.3 – credits, review
  • Interzone no.235 (July/August 2011) p.53 – review (by Tony Lee)
  • The Listener vol.114 no.2922 (15 August 1985) p.32 – review
  • Literature/Film Quarterly vol.23 no.1 (1995) pp.14-25 – illustrated article
  • Metro no.105 (1996) pp.30-36 – illustrated article (Hitching Posts by Philip Kemp)
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.40 no.477 (October 1973) p.205 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Mosaic vol.32 no.1 (1999) pp.35 – 54 – illustrated article (Death in Venice in literature and film: six 20th-century versions by George B. Von der Lippe)
  • Photon no.25 (1974) pp.10, 44-45 – illustrated credits, review (by James Gifford)
  • Radio Times vol.226 no.2932 (19 January 1980) p.75 – review
  • Radio Times vol.238 no.3094 (26 February 1983) p.14 – review
  • Screen vol.40 no.3 (Autumn 1999) pp.277-294 – article (Time, Space and Vision: Nicolas Roeg's Don't Look Now by Kristi Wilson)
  • Shivers no.88 (April 2001) pp.22-25 – illustrated article (by Chris Gallant)
  • Sight & Sound vol.42 no.4 (Autumn 1973) pp.237-238 – illustrated review (by Tom Milne)
  • Sight & Sound vol.43 no.1 (Winter 1973/1974) pp.237-238 – review
  • Sight & Sound vol.4 no.4 (April 1994) p.62 – note
  • Sight & Sound vol.7 no.1 (1997) p.11 – article (Desperation and Desire by Leslie Dick)
  • Sight & Sound vol.9 no.8 (August 1999) p.61 – review
  • Sight & Sound vol.12 no.10 (October 2002) p.63 – illustrated DVD review
  • Sight & Sound vol.29 no.7 (July 2019) pp.8-9 – illustrated interview with Anthony Richmond (Death in Venice by Trevor Johnston)
  • Variety 24 October 1973 p.16 – credits, review
  • Village Voice, The vol.43 (20 October 1998) p.160 – illustrated review (Burden of dreams by Amy Taubin)

Books

  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.273 – credits, review
  • Classic Horror Films and the Literature That Inspired Them by Ron Backer pp.323-325 – illustrated review
  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.104, 126, 207, 241, 271
  • Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.321, 322, 345-46, 351, 353
  • The Films of Nicolas Roeg by Neil Sinyard pp.41-54; 143 – illustrated article; credits
  • The Films of Nicolas Roeg: Myth and Mind by John Izod pp.67-86 – article
  • Fragile Geometry: The Films, Philosophy, and Misadventures of Nicolas Roeg by Joseph Lanza pp.36, 44-47, 56, 68, 89, 92, 94, 98-100, 106, 108, 110, 115-119, 121, 123, 125-126, 130, 133-136, 138-140, 143-144, 159 – notes
  • Horror Films of the 1970s by John Kenneth Muir pp.257-261 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Introduction to Japanese Horror Film by Colette Balmain p.140
  • Nicolas Roeg Film by Film by Scott Salwolke pp.37-51; 212 – illustrated article; credits
  • Terror Tracks: Music, Sound and Horror Cinema by Philip Hayward (ed) pp.134
  • Uneasy Dreams: The Golden Age of British Horror Films, 1956-1976 by Gary A. Smith pp.86

Other sources

  • BFI Southbank Guide July 2017 p.40 – illustrated listing
  • National Film Theatre Programme March 2001 p.23 – illustrated short article