Alfred Hitchcock is unwittingly caught up in a double take
(a repetition of the same part of an action when the action is shot
from two different angles) on the cold war period. The British director
says all the wrong things at all the wrong times while Khrushchev
and Nixon desperately scramble to say the right things, on live TV.
And while disturbing affinities between the TV images and those of
Hitchcock’s films emerge, the director of Rear Window and Psycho
plans to murder his double.
“The Birds is a metaphor for catastrophe television invading the home.
The historical backdrop is the missile crisis and the Cold War. That is
a metaphor for doubles – the doubles of East and West, the political
doubles of one another, both projecting fear but trapped in the same
paradigm... It relates to something very contemporary – the whole
business of terrorist spectacle, the war in Iraq and nuclear proliferation
with Iran. They are things that are always shimmering in the
Johan Grimonprez (Roeselare, Belgium, 1962) divides his time between New York and Brussels; he is visiting professor at the School of Visual Arts of New York. In 1990, he debuted as a director with the video Nimdol June 18, 1959- Nimdol July 6, 1987, which was followed by various shorts including Besmette Stad (1993) and Smell the Flowers While You Can (1993). In 1997 he wrote and directed the film Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y. Between 2004 and 2005 he directed the shorts Looking for Alfred and Ron Burrage, Hitchcock Double, which anticipated the Hitchcock theme he presented in Double Take (2008). He is now working on the feature film How to Rewind Your Dog, which is due to be released in 2010.
Nimdol June 18, 1959-Nimdol July 6, 1987 (cm, 1990), Kobarweng or Where
Is Your Helicopter? (cm, 1992), Well, You Can’t Go to California, That’s the
First Place They’ll Look for You (cm, 1993), Besmette Stad (cm, 1993),
Smell the Flowers While You Can (cm, 1993), Corner of Canal and Broadway
(coregia/codirector Hans Van den Broeck, cm, 1994), Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y
(1997), Lost Nation, January 1999 (cm, 1999), Looking for Alfred (2004), Ron
Burrage, Hitchcock Double (cm, 2005), Double Take (2008).
Tom McCarthy da un saggio
di/from an essay by Jorge
interpreti e personaggi/
cast and characters
Ron Burrage (doppio di
Double), Mark Perry (voce di
Hanneke van der Tas,