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Double Take2009

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  • 3.9
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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My favorite experimental documentary of all time. This is THE fever dream critique of Western ideology you've been waiting for.

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My favorite experimental documentary of all time. This is THE fever dream critique of Western ideology you've been waiting for.

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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.

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Great tapestry of 60s paranoia - cold war and hitchcock resonate and harmonize more than you might think.

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"If I could just make a decent cup of coffee, I could relax". Any film featuring Laika, the cosmonaut dog, gets at least 3.8 stars from me. 3.8 stars!

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I dig the political tie-in. I wonder what Kennedy might have said to Hitchcock had they met.

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Better than most found footage narrative movies. Much better than Craig Baldwin's mash ups.

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really liked it & i'm not a hitchcock fan really_wondering if the kennedy assassination grew from cold war fears & hardliners who wanted to push the soviets to the brink_i'll never know_but both sides were so insanely driven & still are_i love all the soft focus fuzzy shots_wives & coffee service with a smile_a cool cold-war mashup

mesmerizing . . .