Don't look now

Gildersleeve, Jessica (2017) Don't look now. Devil's Advocates. Auteur, London, United Kingdom. ISBN 978-1-911325-48-2


Nicolas Roeg's Don't Look Now (1973) has been called 'a ghost story for adults'. Certainly, in contrast to the more explicitly violent and bloodthirsty horror films of the 1970s, Don't Look Now seems of an entirely different order. Yet this supernaturally inflected tale of a child's accidental drowning, and her parents' desperate simultaneous recoil from her death and pursuit of her ghost, Don't Look Now is horrific at every turn. This book argues for it as a particular kind of horror film, one which depends utterly on the narrative of trauma—on the horror of unknowing, of seeing too late, and of the failures of paternal authority and responsibility. This study works to position Don't Look Now within a discourse of midcentury anxiety narratives primarily existing in literary texts. In this context, it represents a cross over or a hinge between literature and film of the 1970s, and the ways in which the women's ghost story or uncanny story turns the horror film into a cultural commentary on the failures of the modern family.

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Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication
Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2018 05:57
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2018 05:14
Uncontrolled Keywords: Don't Look Now, Nicolas Roeg, 1970s cinema, horror film, literary theory, affect
Fields of Research : 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2005 Literary Studies > 200525 Literary Theory
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200212 Screen and Media Culture
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture

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