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.
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A fascinating and poignant work of art. The filmmakers use of commercials, news clips, Hitchcock's TV show footage,and fever dream plot devices is masterful, and very entertaining.