Critic’s Choice: American Cinematheque fetes Nicolas Roeg with 1973 horror classic ‘Don’t Look Now’

Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland in the 1973 film “Don’t Look Now.”
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Film Critic

Time may heal all wounds, but it has done nothing to dispel the intensity of Nicolas Roeg’s “Don’t Look Now” (1973). Adapted from Daphne du Maurier’s ghost story about two parents grieving the loss of their young daughter, the movie remains a devastating portrait of grief, a master class in disjunctive editing and a haunting disquisition on the use of the color red. (Some would note that it also remains a chance to see Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland burn up the screen in one of the most memorable sex scenes ever filmed.)

The work of a formalist at the peak of his powers, Roeg’s film will screen Friday in a 35-millimeter print at the Egyptian Theatre. Its cinematographer, Tony Richmond, will be in attendance for a post-screening discussion.


“Don’t Look Now.” Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. 7:30 p.m. Friday. $15 ($13 with membership), sold out but there will be a standby line.


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