Episode 2 – Nicolas Roeg’s Don’t Look Now (1973)
This week we board a vaporetto and navigate the murky waters of Nicolas Roeg’s 1973 supernatural classic Don’t Look Now.
This podcast is non-profit and has been broadcast for educational purposes. Excerpts from the following material has been included to enhance the listener experience:
Don’t Look Now (1973) dir. Nicolas Roeg, ENG
Don’t Look Now: Looking back (2002) dir. David Gregory, ENG
The Shining (1980) dir. Stanley Kubrick, USA
The Wicker Man (1973) dir. Robin Hardy, ENG
The British are obviously very reverent about this movie, and as such there’s a huge amount of great retrospective content available on the web. Here’s some of the best:
- ‘Don’t Look Now and Roeg’s red coat’ (The Guardian)
- ‘The sexual power and terror that produced a classic’ (The Guardian)
- ‘Nicolas Roeg: The director who fell to earth’ (The Telegraph)
- ‘His brilliant career’ (The Guardian)
Likewise, here’s some of the more in-depth reviews and analysis of the film, from all over the web and all over the world:
- ‘The Definitives – Don’t Look Now’
- ‘Pulling Focus – Don’t Look Now’
- ‘Roeg State’
- ‘Death in Venice? Don’t Look Now’
- ‘Dissecting the incredible opening scene of Nicolas Roeg’s Don’t Look Now’
Venetian locations play such a huge part in Don’t Look Now that multiple studies have been done of the exact locations for the shoot, and their history. Here’s two of them:
- ‘The Location Hunters: A look that lingers in the Venice mist: In dark alleys off the Grand Canal, Frank Barrett rediscovers the sinister beauty of Nic Roeg’s film, Don’t Look Now’
- ‘Venice Film Locations: Don’t Look Now’ (featuring an interactive map)
The British Board of Film Classification began engaging very openly with the public following a revision of their guidelines for film classification in 2000. They produced a series of Case Studies on some of the most important films they’ve dealt with in their history, going over the reasons for their classifications, and here’s their case study on Don’t Look Now.
Here’s a PDF version of Pauline Kael’s excellent review of Don’t Look Now.
https://www.celluloidjunkies.com/podfiles/dln-kael.pdf [PDF, 2.8MB]
If you want to follow us on Letterboxd, we’re always logging and rating films we’ve been watching and occasionally Luke will do some pretty in-depth reviews, too.
Luke also wrote an in-depth review of the film in July 2015 on his Letterbox account.