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Don't Look Now as arthouse cinema

by Kate Fortmueller

Although it embodies characteristic elements from both the horror and thriller genres, Nicolas Roeg's Don't Look Now (1973) is perhaps best positioned within the legacy of European arthouse cinema. As evident in the opening scene, the film's formal construction supersedes its narrative or character development - although Christine's death and the grief it causes her parents set the plot in motion, this scene is more accurately "about" its graphic matches, asychronous sound design, unusual framing choices, and its meticulous mise-en-scene.

Don't Look Now (1973) - Opening

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This is the opening sequence from Nicholas Roeg's Don't Look Now (based on Daphne DuMaurier's novel of the same name).

from Don't Look Now (1973)
Creator: Nicholas Roeg
Posted by Kate Fortmueller