Screening of 'Don't Look Now' (1973), directed by Nicolas Roeg,feat. introduction by Jim Hosney, former “Distinguished Scholar in Residence” and lecturer at AFI and teacher at Crossroads and the Westlake School
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Don't Look Now (1973)
Don't Look Now is a 1973 independent film directed by Nicolas Roeg. It is a thriller adapted from the short story by Daphne du Maurier. Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland portray a married couple who travel to Venice following the recent accidental death of their daughter, after the husband accepts a commission to restore a church. They encounter two sisters, one of whom claims to be clairvoyant and informs them that their daughter is trying to contact them and warn them of danger. The husband at first dismisses their claims, but starts to experience mysterious sightings himself.
While Don't Look Now observes many conventions of the thriller genre, it focuses on the psychology of grief and the effect the death of a child can have on a relationship. Its depiction of grief has been identified as unusually strong for a film featuring supernatural plot elements.
Don't Look Now is renowned for its innovative editing style and its use of recurring motifs and themes and for a controversial sex scene that was explicit for its time. The film often employs flashbacks and flashforwards in keeping with the depiction of precognition, but some scenes are intercut or merged to alter the viewer's perception of what is really happening. It adopts an impressionist approach to its imagery, often presaging events with familiar objects, patterns and colours using associative editing techniques.
Its reputation has grown in the years since its release and it is now considered a classic and an influential work in horror and British film.
Jim Hosney taught film and now teaches literature at Crossroads School in Santa Monica and has influenced hundreds, if not thousands of show business careers. His proteges, who call themselves Hosneyites range from actors like Jack Black and Maya Rudolph to senior managers at Paramount and Fox Searchlight to musicians, directors, costume designers, novelists, Academy Award nominated documentarians and creators of children's TV.
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