(1973) Directed by Nicolas Roeg. Julie Christie, Donald Sutherland, Hilary Mason. (110 min.) R
A dreary, haunted Venice holds uneasy secrets in a film that begins with the ultimate horror, the death of a child. A shiny red raincoat signals all is not as it should be, and ominous signs dapple an art restorer’s crumbling marriage. Adapted from a chilling story by Daphne du Maurier, the film “remains one of the great horror masterpieces, working not with fright, which is easy, but with dread, grief, and apprehension” (Roger Ebert).
Introduced by Devin Orgeron, NCSU film studies professor.