Nicolas Roeg’s Don’t Look Now tops Time Out’s 100 Best British Films

Posted by Glennis Byron on February 08, 2011 in News tagged with , , , ,

A panel of 150 film experts, assembled by Time Out‘s film editor Dave Calhoun, have selected Don’t Look Now as the Best British Film of all time.

The film, based on a short story by Daphne du Maurier, was released in 1973. It stars Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie as a husband and wife living in Venice who meet two elderly sisters, one of whom claims to be in touch with their dead daughter.

A haunting mood piece exploring loss and guilt,  Don’t Look Now is particularly notable for its skillful use of editing to draw explicit associations between apparently unconnected actions. The opening, for example, begins with the death of the child who,  wearing a shiny red coat, is playing by a pond, and throughout the film we are visually reminded of this moment as the red arc of the drowned child cradled in her father’s arms recurs.

The film is also well-known for both its surprise ending and for its rather steamy and extended sex scene between Christie and Sutherland.

Of the list more generally, Time Out‘s Dave Calhoun observes that

of the popular genres, horror did best, with eight titles ranging from the bloody – ‘28 Days Later…’, ‘Theatre of Blood’ – to subtler fare like ‘Dead of Night’ and our number one film, ‘Don’t Look Now’. Read more:

Watch the trailer for Don’t Look Now here:

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