Double Take (2009) is an essay film. The plot is set during the Cold War and combines both documentary and fictional elements. The protagonist is a fictionalized version of Alfred Hitchcock, who succumbs to paranoia and deep fear after a brief encounter with his doppelgänger in 1962.
The backdrop of the film charts the rise of the television in the domestic setting and with it, the ensuing commodification of fear during the cold war. Woven with Bernard Herrmann’s music and gorgeous typography, the film becomes oddly meditative after one adjusts to director Johan Grimonprez’s dreamlike editing.