Premonition of Meaning: the Opening Sequence of "Don't Look Now" Cover Image

Przeczucie znaczenia - sekwencja inicjalna "Nie oglądaj się teraz"
Premonition of Meaning: the Opening Sequence of "Don't Look Now"

Author(s): Andrzej Pitrus
Subject(s): Theatre, Dance, Performing Arts
Published by: Instytut Sztuki Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: Nicolas Roeg

Summary/Abstract: Nicolas Roeg’s films are characterized by special formal sophistication, especially on the level of editing techniques. Andrzej Pitrus examines the opening sequence of one of the director’s most known and highly valued films. "Don’t Look Now" contains not only visually impressive solutions but also an excellent connection of editing concepts with the film’s semantic sphere. Although the final meaning of "Don’t Look Now" is only revealed when the film is over, we come to realize that as a matter of fact we have had this elusive “premonition of meaning” since the film’s initial sequence. Interestingly, Roeg managed to build the key relations by means of purely cinematic means – first of all by means of well thought-out editing heralding an encounter of the mystery that may be only partially discerned.

  • Issue Year: 2006
  • Issue No: 53
  • Page Range: 127-132
  • Page Count: 6
  • Language: Polish