The Sound of Suspense
Don't Look Now 15
An exceptionally unsettling score by Italian composer Pino Donaggio underlies Nicholas Roeg’s haunting adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's supernaturally charged short story about a couple who relocate to Venice in an attempt to come to terms with the accidental death of their young daughter.
Still grieving over their daughter's tragic death, John (Donald Sutherland) and Laura Baxter (Julie Christie) head to Venice after John receives a commission to restore a church. When Laura meets two sisters, who claim to be in touch with the spirit of their daughter, Laura takes them seriously, whilst John scoffs at the very notion of it. Until that is he catches a glimpse of a red coated girl bearing an uncanny resemblance, running through the Venetian streets…
Pino Donaggio’s poignant and suspenseful score marked his segue into the world of film composing – he would go to score some of Brian De Palma’s most successful movies (including Carrie, Blow Out and Raising Cain). Named in 2011 by a Time Out panel including Sam Mendes, Sally Hawkins, Wes Anderson, Mike Leigh AND Terence Davies as the greatest British film of all time, from its disturbing opening tragedy to its horrendous, yet curiously liberating, conclusion, both Donaggio’s score and Roeg’s haunting imagery still brilliantly seizes our attention and haunts our dreams.