Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Nicholas Roeg in Venice

Film critics agree that Nicholas Roeg's Venice-shot Don't Look Now (1973) contains the 22nd "scariest movie moment," ever.

In this video clip we hear from a number of critics. One of them, Kim Newman, echoes strategies employed by certain visual artists, when he says: "It's what Hitchcock always used to do -- picking a location and then thinking about things."

Venice is built on 118 small islands linked by boats and bridges, not a city that chose canals over roads. It was for most of its life a wealthy commercial city. It was also known as a military base and a node in the Renaissance. Today it is known mostly for its beauty and its romance -- and that it is sinking.

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