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DON'T LOOK NOW <span>(1973)</span> artwork


Type Feature

Approx. Running minutes 105

Release dates 03/06/2012, 01/07/2002, 23/03/2001

BBFCInsight Contains strong sex, violence and injury detail

Genre(s) Mystery, Horror, Drama

Director(s) Nicolas Roeg

Cast includes Donald Sutherland, Julie Christie, Hilary Mason, Clelia Matania, Massimo Serato, Renato Scarpa, Giorgio Trestini, Leopoldo Trieste, David Tree, Ann Rye, Nicholas Salter, Sharon Williams, Bruno Cattaneo, Adelina Porrio

Cut All known versions of this work passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 24/05/2012

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

DON'T LOOK NOW is a 1973 supernatural drama set in Venice in which a couple try to come to terms with the death of their young daughter. The film was originally classified 'X' for cinema release in 1973 (meaning no persons under 18 could be admitted to the cinema) and then '18' for video release in 1988. It was subsequently reclassified '15' for cinema re-release in 2001 and '15' on DVD in 2002. This cinema re-release has been classified '15' for strong sex, violence and injury detail'.

There is a long sex scene between a husband and wife, which shows them in various sexual positions. There are a few shots showing thrusting, as well as sight of the naked couple embracing and being physically close. The scene is intercut with sight of the couple getting dressed. The focus is on the intimacy the couple are finally sharing rather than on the mechanics of sex. Furthermore, although they are both naked, there is no genital detail. The scene is contextually justified as it is part of the healing process that the couple undergo as they come to terms with their grief over the death of their young daughter. The scene is therefore permissible at '15' where the BBFC's Guidelines state 'Sexual activity may be portrayed without strong detail' and 'Nudity may be allowed in a sexual context but without strong detail'. There is brief sight of a man being slashed in the side of the neck with a large knife. The special effects are somewhat dated and the wound and the blood do not look very realistic by today's standards. Nonetheless, there is some focus on the amount of blood pumping out of the wound and pooling around his head. There is no dwelling on the infliction of pain or injury and so this scene is permitted at '15' where the Guidelines state 'Violence may be strong but should not dwell on the infliction of pain or injury. The strongest gory images are unlikely to be acceptable'.

The film also contains two uses of strong language.


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