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Marina Antunes [Film Festival 12.04.09] trailer news

And you thought Hitchcock was dead.

Don’t worry, this isn’t some zombie Hitchcock risen from the dead to make more great films (though I wouldn't be against that) but it sure looks like Johan Grimonprez has outdone himself in the found footage department. I’ve now seen four different cuts of the trailer and read the synopsis and I’m still not 100% sure what Double Take is about but I’m definitely kicking myself for having skipped it at VIFF.

Here’s the official word:

Alfred Hitchcock is unwittingly caught up in a double take on the cold war period. As television hijacks cinema, and Khrushchev debates Nixon, sexual politics quietly take off and Hitchcock himself blackmails housewives with brands they can't refuse.

Though the purpose appears to be very different, Double Take reminds me a little of Koji Masutani’s Virtual JFK: Vietnam If Kennedy Had Lived. I had some issues with that film but loved the reworking of stock footage to essentially re-tell history. In this case it appears that Grimonprez is simply building an intriguing narrative.

Trailer after the break and if you're looking for more, a few others at the official website.

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