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The Observer Inside the Circle of Death

Author(s): Joanna Spalińska-Mazur
Subject(s): Theatre, Dance, Performing Arts
Published by: Instytut Sztuki Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: Nicolas Roeg

Summary/Abstract: Spalińska-Mazur tries to identify the meanings of "Don’t Look Now" that are implied in Daphne du Maurier’s short story on which Roeg’s film is based. In Spalińska-Mazur’s view Roeg enters into a discussion on the problem of seeing (looking/watching) and asks about the identity of the hero who is in the ring of death. The ring is delineated by a number of elements that appear in view of the main hero. What manifests in the ring is what materializes in the picture. Spalińska-Mazur uses Deleuze’s concept of crystal-image and the categories of actual and virtual image, which she thinks integrate in the film the past and the present. The reference to Bergson’s paramnesia (illusion of déjà-vu or already having been there) serves to accentuate the contemporaneous existence of past and present images.

  • Issue Year: 2006
  • Issue No: 53
  • Page Range: 133-139
  • Page Count: 7
  • Language: Polish