• Double Take (2009)

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Release Date: June 2nd, 2010

Not Yet Rated|1 hr 20 min

Plot Summary
Exploring the link between Cold War paranoia and the entertainment industry, which both depended on instilling a sense of fear, this documentary examines the efforts of acclaimed director and "master of suspense" Alfred Hitchcock, and how he marketed dread to a captivated audience. Hitchcock is shown in publicity appearances and portrayed by a lookalike (Ron Burrage) and an impersonator (Mark Perry), and his masterly skills of manipulation are revealed.

Cast: Ron Burrage, Mark Perry, Delfine Bafort

Director: Johan Grimonprez

Genres: Docudrama

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Despite its many ominous implications, Grimonprez also infuses Double Take with sly wit, inserting scenes from the TV program showcasing Hitchcock's wry sense of humor and the exaggerated domesticity of commercials sponsored by Folgers Coffee. show more

  • A documentary that practically defies description, Grimonprez's film is playful, provocative and very, very watchable. show more

  • Like the Master of Suspense's best films, Double Take (which makes great use of Bernard Herrmann's haunting "Psycho" score) is an intellectual puzzle that also works as a thoroughly accessible entertainment. show more

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