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DOUBLE TAKE

Belgium, 2009 (MIFF 2009, International Panorama)

Director: Johan Grimonprez

“Television is like the American toaster, you push the button and the same thing pops up every time.” - Alfred Hitchcock

Through a feverish assemblage of mid-20th century advertising, newsreel footage, TV snippets and archival documentary footage, Johan Grimonperez constructs a conceptual narrative that casts Alfred Hitchcock in a story of intrigue set against a Cold War climate.

Employing a sharp sense of humour, Double Take tackles the rise of fear as a commodity in the 50s and 60s, mass-disseminated via the new medium of television.

A must-see for Hitchcock fans.

“The witty, virtuoso collation of materials leaves viewers to draw their own conclusions about the film's ideas on identity, film-making, power and paranoia, but the film's love of Hitchcock - the artist, the public persona, the TV clown - is evident and infectious.” - Screen International

D Johan Grimonprez P Emmy Oost, Nicole Gerhards, Hanneke M van der Tas, Denis Vaslin S Johan Grimonprez, Tom McCarthy WS U-Media TD digibeta/2009

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