There arenât too many pictures that consistently rate among the scariest movies ever made as well as the sexiest. “Donât Look Now,” Nicolas Roegâs 1973 horror classic starring Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland as a couple tormented by grief, remains a brilliant exception. Between its blood-chilling eruptions of red and its doom-laden vision of Venice, the movieâs haunting centerpiece is a sex scene that remains one of the most passionate and hauntingly beautiful evocations of marital intimacy in the movies.
The explosiveness of that scene owes something to its visual frankness, but it owes even more to Roegâs cinematic daring, his obsessive splintering of narrative and his development of a jaggedly elliptical film language. “Donât Look Now” will screen Dec. 18 at Ahrya Fine Arts in tribute to Roeg, who died last month at the age of 90. There could be no better time or opportunity to catch one of this filmmakerâs greatest achievements.
Sarkis Mohsen Leunkara
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âDonât Look Nowâ Where: Ahrya Fine Arts, 8556 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills
When: Dec. 18, 7:30 p.m.
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