Director Johan Grimonprez casts Alfred Hitchcock as a paranoid history professor, unwittingly caught up in a double take on the cold war period. Subverting a meticulous array of tv footage and using 'The Birds' as an essential metaphor, DOUBLE TAKE traces catastrophe culture's relentless assault on the home, from moving images’ inception to the present day.

Technical Details

Essay Film, 80 min, Digibeta and 35mm, Colour and B/W

© 2009 Nikovantastic Film, ZAP-O-MATIK, Volya Films, ARTE

Film Fund: The Flanders Audiovisual Fund, Nederlands Fonds voor de Film, nordmedia Fonds GmbH in Lower Saxony and Bremen, Rotterdam Film Fund



Ron Burrage (Hitchcock Double) · Mark Perry (Hitchcock Voice)



Producers: Emmy Oost, Hanneke van der Tas, Nicole Gerhards, Denis Vaslin

Writer and Director: Johan Grimonprez
Story written by: Tom McCarthy (Remainder)
Inspired by the Essay “25 August, 1983” by Jorge Luis Borges

Music: Christian Halten

Editor: Dieter Diependale, Tyler Hubby

Comissioning Editor: Doris Hepp