Director Nicolas Roeg’s atmospheric adaptation of Daphne DuMaurier’s story follows antiquities restorer Donald Sutherland and wife Julie Christie to Venice, where they encounter two strange sisters — and where a warped serial killer is on the loose. Discussion following with cinematographer Tony Richmond.
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1973, Paramount, 110 min, Dir: Nicolas Roeg
Director Nicolas Roeg’s atmospheric adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier’s story is a haunting meditation on the consequences of repressing traits inside us that could mean the difference between life and death. Antiquities restorer Donald Sutherland and wife Julie Christie, in mourning after the accidental drowning of their young daughter, journey to Venice during the off-season to help renovate a church. But their encounter with two strange sisters, one of whom is a blind clairvoyant, pulls them into shadowy back alleys and deserted canals and onto the radar of a warped serial killer terrorizing the city. A brilliant variation on Italy’s homegrown giallothriller genre then enjoying success in early 1970s European cinema.