Don't Look Now (1973) - dir. Nicolas Roeg
A man has a premonition of his daughter's death, but he cannot prevent it. He and his wife journey to Venice, where many creepy things happen, seemingly for their own sake.
Brief, 1 or 2 second shots from scenes that occurred earlier in the film are interspersed through the story. Occasionally, this is used for great effect; the flash cut is now a staple of horror movies, although now it is usually accompanied with a really loud noise and meant to startle.
It works best, and is put on its most ubiquitous display, in the sex scene between Sutherland and Christie. Interspersed between shots of lovemaking are those of the couple in afterglow, dressing and going out. It lessens the potential crudity of the scene, adding tenderness. And the scene itself is necessary - without it, Sutherland would come across as an ass, and we would question the couples' relationship. Its inclusion changes the context, and lends more urgency to Sutherland's search for his wife when she disappears.
I'm not sure how it works for the rest of the film. It comes across as fairly gimmicky at parts; Sutherland's foreshadowing vision seems like something out of a half-rate Poe. And that's really the major problem with the movie. The plot seems to promise a religious, or psychological underpinning, but we're instead given an R. L. Stine level"twist."
Don't Look Now is #147 on the 2011 edition of the TSPDT 1,000 list I’m blogging through. I’ve now seen 412.