DON'T LOOK NOW
1973, Paramount, 110 min, Dir: Nicolas Roeg

Director Nicolas Roeg’s atmospheric adaptation of Daphne DuMaurier’s story is a haunting meditation on the consequences of repressing traits inside us that could mean the difference between life and death. Antiquities restorer Donald Sutherland and wife Julie Christie, in mourning after the accidental drowning of their young daughter, journey to Venice during the off-season to help renovate a church. But their encounter with two strange sisters, one of whom is a blind clairvoyant, pulls them into shadowy back alleys and deserted canals and onto the radar of a warped serial killer terrorizing the city. A brilliant variation on Italy’s homegrown giallothriller genre then enjoying success in early 1970s European cinema.


DEMON SEED
1977, Warner Bros., 94 min, USA, Dir: Donald Cammell

“Never was a woman violated so profanely. ... Never was a woman subjected to inhuman love like this. ... Never was a woman prepared for a more perverse destiny. ... Julie Christie carries the ‘Demon Seed.’ Fear for her.” Based on the Dean R. Koontz novel and directed by Donald Cammell (PERFORMANCE), this provocative, imaginative sci-fi thriller is even more relevant today than when it was originally released. Scientist Fritz Weaver’s supercomputer decides it wants to impregnate his wife, Julie Christie, with its artificially created DNA, in a sinister attempt to take over the world with its hybrid progeny! A terrifying cat-and-mouse game follows as Christie is trapped alone in the house with the omniscient computer. Cinematography is by Bill Butler (JAWS) and the music score was composed by Jerry Fielding (THE WILD BUNCH, STRAW DOGS). With memorable voice work by Robert Vaughn as Proteus IV.


HEAVEN CAN WAIT (1978)
2016, Paramount, 101 min, USA, Dir: Warren Beatty, Buck Henry

When quarterback Joe Pendleton (Warren Beatty) is mistakenly taken to heaven before his time, the powers-that-be send him back to Earth in the body of an eccentric millionaire. Julie Christie, Jack Warden and Charles Grodin co-star in this sweet and hilarious comedy that earned nine Academy Award nominations, including four for Beatty as writer, director, producer and actor.


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