Greatness. Nicholas Roeg’s 1973 shocker is still as creepy as I remembered, and the famous sex scene between Julie Christie and Donald Southerland is even better (because I see more clearly how well it serves its dramatic purpose.) The wintery Venice setting is amazingly well used, and the morbid atmosphere couldn’t be any thicker. What amazed me most this time around was how absolutely central the editing is to the film’s effectiveness and even the narrative. In a way, the editing is the point of the film. If you haven’t seen this, don’t read any more and just get hold of a copy.
Welcome to my site — I'm glad you're here. I’m a writer, editor, translator, traveler, web designer, photographer, critic, storytelling consultant, and social entrepreneur. I’ve published two novels and a book of film criticism, launched Germany's first online literary journal, founded the writers' community Fictionaut, and started West Africa's first vegetarian food service. I graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a Ph.D. in English. I've lived in New York City, New Orleans, Mississippi, Wiesbaden, Germany, and the Dominican Republic, and currently divide my time between Dakar and Berlin.