Book Vs. Movie: Don’t Look Now
The Daphney DuMaurier Short Story Vs. the Nicolas Roeg Film
It’s October, and the Margos are feeling excited about watching spooky movies! This week we talk about the ever-amazing Daphe DuMaurier, and her short story Don’t Look Now, which was published in 1971 and later adapted by director Nicolas Roeg and starring Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie. The story and film are considered classic tales of horror for the tale of parents dealing with the loss of a child while on vacation in Venice.
John and Laura are on holiday trying to escape their grief from the death of their daughter, who died from meningitis (in the book), when they meet identical twin sisters who are older and have psychic abilities. One of the sisters is also blind. They warn the couple that their son, Johnnie, has “second sight” and will be killed if they stay in Venice.
The movie has many of the same beats as the original story but is controversial for a sex scene between the leads that may or may not be “real.” The movie is considered a classic in horror and a “must-see” for its editing and acting.
This episode is sponsored by Kensington Books and A Ghost in Shining Armor, the novel by Therese Beharrie.
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In this ep the Margos discuss:
- The life of Daphne DuMaurier
- The plot of the story in the original version versus the film
- The controversy around the movie and why it is considered a classic horror tale
- The cast: Julie Christie (Laura Baxter,) Donald Sutherland (John Baxter,) Hilary Mason (Heather,) Clelia Metania (Wendy,) Massimo Serato (Bishop Barbarrigo,) Renato Scarpa (Inspector Longhi,) Giogio Trestini (Workman,) Leopoldo Trieste (hotel manager,) David Tree (Anthony Babbage,) Ann Rye (Mandy Babbage,) Nicholas Salter (Johnny Baxter,) Sharon Williams (Christine Baxter,) Bruno Cattaneo (Detective Sabbione,) and Adelina Poerio as the murderer.
- Laura Baxter meets the sisters
- Don’t Look Now trailer
- Christine drowns
- Richard almost falls
- Richard searches for the “girl” in the red slicker/Mac
- Music by Pino Donaggio
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