A clever film for clever people

Friday March 19th 2010

I keep putting off this review. I’m no good at writing about clever movies.

Double Take is an 80-minute montage film that juxtaposes footage of Cold War-era newsreel footage with clips from Alfred Hitchcock’s numerous television appearances in the 50s and 60s and also a surreal newly-shot sequence  in which Hitchcock meets his future self in a production office during the making of The Birds. The resulting film has a lot to say about identity, hindsight, political one-upmanship and the concept of doubling.

In other words, it’s very clever. And very good.