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It's neither as profound nor as enlightening as it wants to be, but this stylishly edited Hitchcock homage brims with its subject's singular spirit. Read critic reviews

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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 & Crew

Ron Burrage
Hitchcock Double
Mark Perry
Hitchcock Voice
Voice
Tom McCarthy
Writer
Doris Hepp
Executive Producer
Emmy Oost
Producer
Christian Halten
Original Music
Dieter Diependaele
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Tyler Hubby
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Critic Reviews for Double Take

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (23) | Rotten (7)

  • Double Take is deadly serious in its scrutiny of politics, anxiety and the media, but it's also a witty entertainment that responds to Hitchcock with much of the master's own lightness and mischief.

    July 6, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Double Take is a cunning hybrid-call it a psycho-doc. Playful yet tempered with paranoia, curiously the whole thing nevertheless seems more nostalgic than cautionary.

    November 13, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Hitchcock was a master of mischief and misdirection, and no film so thoroughly infused with his spirit could be dull or predictable.

    June 4, 2010 | Rating: 3/5
  • This isn't a normal movie; it's an art installation. And whatever it may have been meant to be, it takes its real meaning from you.

    June 3, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • By contrasting Hitchcock's explanation of "The MacGuffin" with TV commercials and old arguments over who's winning the Cold War, Grimonprez makes a case for how historical events can be driven by threats more perceived than actual.

    June 3, 2010 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • A way of showing how the Master of Suspense's work captured the zeitgeist, and how the zeitgeist responded by getting dumberer.

    June 2, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Double Take

  • Aug 18, 2011
    An 'art' film in every sense of the word. I was never bored but I can't really say that I totally followed it. The mixture of fictional story (1980 Hitchcock meeting his 1962 doppelganger) and historical cold war documentary along with a Hitchcock lookalikes reminiscences makes for an interesting feature but a bewildering one. Like any experimental piece of work you can always find connections if there are enough strands and if you look hard enough but they may not always be what the film-maker intended. That being the case I can't say I understand the film but as a Hitchcock fan I enjoyed the old footage, the clever use of editing and the great soudtracks of Bernard Herrmann.
    David S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 13, 2010
    i wanted to like this more, it seemed to have a interesting idea, taking hitchcock the director, taking a load of archive footage, of him and current events and blending them together to create a piece, adding a voiceover from a inpersonator hitchcock to tell a story of intrigue, a double of him, and the progress through the 60s, all revolving around his release of the birds, some of it seemed interesting but overall, it left me a bit cold, and dident really pay off, but im sure theres someone out there who will get more out of this, give it a go
    scott g Super Reviewer
  • May 27, 2010
    One of the most unusual films I have ever seen. It's not unusual in a typical way, it's more unusual because of the subject matter. Two stories are going on throughout the film. One story is about a 1980 Hitchcock visiting a 1962 Hitchcock and it's all done with old stock footage with voice overs. The second story is about the height of the cold war all done with news footage. This is all well and good, but you never see a real connection between the two and it's just a weird idea. This film is 95% television footage and at times it is compelling, but in the end it just doesn't make any sense. It does get a extra star for a great Bernard Herman score throughout.
    cody f Super Reviewer

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