Somewhere between documentary and film essay, Double Take (2009) presents Alfred Hitchcock - and his doppelganger Ron Burrage - as a paranoid history professor unwillingly trapped between archive images of the Cold War and the broadcast of a live television programme.
The argument targets the global boom of fear-as-a-commodity in a tale of odd couples and hilarious double deals. As television hijacks film and relations between the USSR and the USA intensify, the sexual revolution begins to take off and Hitchcock himself appears in a dandy new role in front of the cameras, blackmailing housewives with brands that they cannot refuse.
Johan Grimonprez (Roeselare, 1962) is a professor at the School of Visual Arts in New York. His first film, Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y (1997) garnered awards for Best Director at the San Francisco and Toronto film festivals. His work can be found in, among others, institutions like the Centre Pompidou (Paris), the Kanazawa Museum of Contemporary Art, the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin and the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.
Double Take, 2009, 35mm and Betacam Digital, English with Spanish subtitles, 80’