2009. Belgium/Germany/The Netherlands. Johan Grimonprez. 80 min.
New York premiere.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010, 8:00 p.m.
Theater 3 (The Celeste Bartos Theater), mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building
2009. Belgium/Germany/The Netherlands. Directed by Johan Grimonprez. Director Johan Grimonprez’s hybrid narrative/documentary feature casts Alfred Hitchcock as a paranoid history professor, unwittingly caught up in a double take on the Cold War period. The master says all the wrong things at all the wrong times, while politicians on both sides desperately clamber to say the right things on live TV. Double Take targets the global political rise of “fear as a commodity,” in a tale of odd couples and double deals. As television hijacks cinema, and the Khrushchev and Nixon debate rattles on, sexual politics quietly take off and Hitchcock himself emerges in a dandy new role on the TV, blackmailing housewives with brands they can't refuse. 80 min.
In the Film exhibition Documentary Fortnight, 2010: MoMA’s International Festival of Nonfiction Film
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