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starring Julie Christie, Donald Sutherland, Hilary Mason, Clelia Matania
screenplay by Allan Scott and Chris Bryant, based on a story by Daphne Du Maurier
directed by Nicolas Roeg
by Walter Chaw Nicolas Roeg's Don't Look Now is about looking, about ways of seeing and layers of understanding. It's about memory and its intrusion into and influence on current states of being. It's about the impossibility of faith or love or human relationships to illuminate truth; or it's about how faith and love and human relationships are the only truth. It shows images out of order, presenting them in ways that will only make sense once the gestalt in which the images exist comes clear. In every way, Don't Look Now is designed for multiple viewings. The film warns that a life spent unexamined will end brutally and nonsensically. Without context, there is nothing, but context is nigh impossible before the end. It's something William Carlos Williams would understand.