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Double Take

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Genre: Documentary
Director: Johan Grimonprez
Running time: 80 mins
Released: 2nd April 2010

About Double Take

It is 1962 and Alfred Hitchcock, on the set of The Birds, is called to the production office for an urgent message. When he arrives, he's shocked to be confronted by his doppelganger, claiming to be the real Alfred Hitchcock and who declares: 'If you meet your double, you should kill him. Or he will kill you. Two of you is one too many. By the end of the script, one of you must die'. Alfred Hitchcock stars in Double Take, a tale of intrigue, personal paranoia and deception. Using archive footage, the film exploits Hitchcock's own sardonic wit to explore his preoccupation with doubles to entertaining effect. Inspired by Jorge Luis Borges' novella 'The Other', best-selling British author Tom McCarthy writes a plot to mirror the political intrigue in which Hitchcock and his elusive double increasingly obsess over the perfect murder of each other.

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