Gasless folks had been expected to stay home in front of the TV, but over vacation and in the past week more people were going to movies than at any time in years. The Exorcist had all the news-show publicity, but is hasn't been seen by many more people than the popular Papillon and Serpico. These three are making the money-men of the film industry to wild. And they were only a small part of the holiday film explosion.
I hope, in all this confusion, that Don't Look Now doesn't get lost. This is a film of dramatic imagery and pychological complexity. Its originality makes unusual demands on the viewer's visual imagination; I was surprised, as a result, that it has been such a commercial success. If only it weren't for those three wilder moneymakers storming the country, Don't Look Now might convince movie moguls that the public can appreciate an intelligent film.