Don't Look Now...

Don't Look Now...
 Reviewed by Flic Everett "The acclaimed 1973 film of the story, with Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie, combines an evocative love story and chilling horror set in a beautiful, semi-deserted Venice."

Venice in Winter is a city of mists and spectres, when canals glimmer through the fog, and ancient bridges and buildings are softened by snow. The crowds have gone, and the city is populated by hurrying locals, darting between markets and cosy osteria, the little bars which serve traditional Venetian food.

In December, there are the Christmas markets, full of croquante sweets and murano glass, then in February, the carnival when the water glows red and blue as fireworks explode overhead and visitors and locals mingle in velvet cloaks and decorated masks.

It’s impossible to visit Venice in the depths of the Winter, though, without thinking of Don’t Look Now- the chilling short story by Daphne Du Maurier, set in a mysterious, out of season Venice. A grieving couple, John and Laura, take a trip to rekindle their marriage, which has suffered in the aftermath of their young daughter’s death.

They stroll St Mark’s Square, wander the canals, and in a backstreet trattoria they are approached by a blind psychic, who unaccountably knows details of their daughter’s death. John dismisses her- but when Laura is suddenly called home, he finds himself convinced she has returned secretly, and that something terrible has happened. Lost in the foggy backstreets of Wintry Venice, he makes a decision that will change his life forever…

The acclaimed 1973 film of the story, with Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie, combines an evocative love story and chilling horror set in a beautiful, semi-deserted Venice. For lovers of mystery, who prefer soft mist to bright sunlight and strolling alone to following the herd, Winter is the perfect time to visit Venice. Just don’t pursue anyone in a red cape.

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Don't Look Now...