Don't Look Now


Don't Look Now wasn't a box office success in 1973 but it won some awards and was generally recognized as a capable movie. It isn't. The cinematography is brilliant, and the acting is very good from the leads, albeit not so good from the supporting players, but the plot is just awful and the pacing is glacial.

Some day, the limits of human endurance will be tested by seeing if anyone can stay awake during a Nick Roeg film festival. Roeg, the director of Don't Look Now, was once a great cinematographer, so his directorial efforts are always beautifully composed and photographed.  Unfortunately, there is more to the moving picture industry than moving pictures. The man has no idea how to put those images together without creating a snoozefest. The final edits always include several scenes which do nothing to advance the plot and could easily have been cut. The scenes that should be in the films go on way too long, thus sapping the dramatic tension out of every situation. Sometimes, two scenes are intercut for no apparent purpose, instead of just letting them play out logically and separately.

You could take the footage in Don't Look Now and create a solid one-hour episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents. Unfortunately, Roeg took that hour's worth of entertainment and stretched it out over a much longer time. I fell asleep twice during this film, and I wasn't tired. It is two hours of complete boredom, with scene after scene outlasting its welcome. It's a slow starter which slows down in the middle, then slows down even more at the end. I think it was actually going in reverse at one point. I held on just because I wanted to see the "mystery" explained.

And worse than that ...

It turns out that the explanation is absolutely ludicrous.

Throughout the film Donald Sutherland thought that he was experiencing second sight when he saw a vision of his dead daughter running around Venice. This was a fairly logical assumption, since:

  1. He seems to have experienced a legitimate case of second sight in a different instance.
  2. An old lady in town claimed to have "the gift," and to feel the presence of the girl.
  3. The apparition was dressed exactly as his daughter was dressed when she drowned - in a shiny red overcoat.

It was not his daughter. You know what the explanation really was? There was a serial killer wondering around Venice, skulking in and out of the shadows, and that is whom Sutherland mistook for the ghost of his daughter. How could that be? The serial killer was an evil dwarf who looked exactly like a ten year old girl.

Roger Ebert once said there can be no good movie with a hot air balloon, and although I know what he's driving at with that observation, one must offer The Wizard of Oz, Andrei Rublev, and Around the World in 80 days as possible rebuttal evidence. On the other hand, there truly can be no good movie with an evil dwarf. As you may know, evil dwarves are a protected minority in Northern Europe, and certain quotas have to be met in that region. The Universities at Heidelberg and St Petersburg lose all their government funding if they do not admit at least 4% evil dwarves to degree programs each year. Swedish and Russian filmmakers must also comply with these quotas. But it never works in movies. A comic dwarf, or good dwarves? No problem. There's The Wizard of Oz, Foul Play, The Spy Who Shagged Me, and others to make a case for them.

But an evil dwarf? Bad Swedish melodrama and the premise for The Wild Wild West.

The homicidal dwarf in this film might not have been quite so ridiculous if he had not been skulking around Venice in a shiny red overcoat. I know that I'm neither short enough nor evil enough to think like an evil dwarf, but if I were an evil serial-killing dwarf, I'd try to dress a little bit less conspicuously.

With the slow pacing, the heavy-handed aquatic symbolism, and the dreaded evil dwarf, Nick Roeg seems to have had an urge to copy the great Northern European filmmakers, notably Tarkovsky and Bergman. What it really boils down to, however, is that you watch this it for a couple of hours fighting to stay awake because you have to know the explanation, and when you finally see the explanation you laugh out loud, then feel like throwing something at the TV.

The nudity in the film, however, is legendary. The spectacularly beautiful Julie Christie took a bath, hung out naked in the bathroom for a while, then engaged in about a 3.5-minute sex scene with Donald Sutherland. Only Nic Roeg could make a naked Julie Christie boring.

Here's the brightly lit bathroom scene in 1080p.

Here's the sex scene. It's a massive download in 1080p - more than 400 meg.


TV Round-Up

Yesterday's main feature was episode two of the new UK series Sirens. The woman in this 720p clip is Charlene McKenna. Sample below.


  • * Yellow asterisk: funny (maybe).

  • * White asterisk: expanded format.

  • * Blue asterisk: not mine.

  • No asterisk: it probably sucks.


Catch the deluxe version of Other Crap in real time, with all the bells and whistles, here.






Legendary nudity from Ellen Barkin. 640x480

Captures below.



Today's 1970s clips:

Sylvia Kristel in la Marge (1978)

Sylva Koscina in Casanova and Company (1977)



Film Clips

Tara Carroll in The Passing (2011). See below.

Colleen Shannon in The Passing (2011)

Juliette Menke in an episode of "Alles Was Zaehlt" (2011)

Jessica Dercks in Growth (2010) in 720p



The alleged pics of Paige Duke that got her dismissed from her job as Miss Sprint Cup


Here's Ginger Spice (Geri Halliwell) falling out of her bikini in Sardinia this week

Karinne Darrah in Fall Down Dead (2007)

Patrice Fisher in various episodes of Zane's Sex Chronicles (2008)




Maya Gilbert in various episodes of Zane's Sex Chronicles (2008)

Carrie Gonzalez in an episode of Zane's Sex Chronicles (2008)

Misty Stone in an episode of Zane's Sex Chronicles (2008)

Sarah Miles in The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea (1976)