Don't Look Now

Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Join us this Friday October 5th in DMS 8161 at 3PM for a screening of "Don't Look Now" presented by Professor David Hyder. Everyone is invited to come watch and participate in discussion afterwards.


Don’t Look Now (1973) Horror

Director: Nicolas Roeg

Don’t Look Now is a study of grief and its effect on human relations. A young couple seek solace from the death of their daughter in a visit to Venice, where they make the acquaintance of two weird sisters. The film is equally well a device or macchina—Roeg called it his “study in film grammar”. This grammar is articulated within a series of montages that comment, wordlessly, on the celluloid medium and the construction of narrative time. Yet, in contrast to previous models in the genre of literary horror—most obviously M.R. James’s “The Mezzotint”—the moving pictures in which Roeg ensnares his characters are not meant as a parlour-game. What does this “grammar” tell us about the film’s themes of loss, time, and death?

David Hyder is Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy, specializing in German Idealism, History and Philosophy of Physics, and the Philosophy of Time. In a previous life, he worked in film and theatre design, most notably on the film inlays of Stuart Sherman’s Second Trilogy at the Performing Garage in New York.

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