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Double Take

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Director : Johan Grimonprez
Starring: Alfred Hitchcock (Himself), Mark Perry, Ron Burrage
Country s : Belgium, Germany, Netherlands
Genre : Documentary
Type: Color and B&W
Year: 2009
Length: 79
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

SYNOPSIS

An Official Selection at both the Berlin and Sundance Film Festivals, Johan Grimonprez's Double Take is a unique film that combines early 60's advertising, hysterical Red Menace newsreels, and Alfred Hitchcock - featuring his hilarious introductions to his TV show and movies, and interviews with actual Hitchcock impersonator Ron Burrage - into a black comedy journey through the global commoditization of fear and the slippery politics of images from Sputnik, to the Cuban Missile Crisis, 9/11, and beyond.

With astonishing versatility, this documentary-fiction hybrid ingeniously blends the archive footage with cryptic allusions to an imaginary murder plot involving Hitchcock and his doppelganger to paint a vivid portrait of American media run amok during the Cold War

Though echoing Orson Welles' F For Fake, Jorge Luis Borges' famous false histories, and the collage films of Bruce Connor, Grimonprez's creation is a unique cinematic fever dream that must be experienced to be believed. "Fascinating, confounding, and beautiful" (New York Magazine)," DOUBLE TAKE is a perceptive, multi-faceted gem that's "as gripping a suspense movie as one of Hitchcock's own" (Variety).

REVIEWS

"Galvanizing, elegant and wildly entertaining! As gripping a suspense movie as one of Hitchcock's own." - Robert Koehler, VARIETY

"Fascinating, confounding and beautiful..." - New York Magazine

DVD Features

  • The Hitchcock Castings, London
  • Interview with Karen Black (audio), star of Hitchcock's Family Plot
  • Trailers
  • Script Notes/Gallery

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