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Body Double (1984) 3.43/5 (1)


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Rating: The Good – 75.3
Genre: Satire, Thriller
Duration: 114 mins
Director: Brian De Palma
Stars: Craig Wasson, Melanie Griffith, Gregg Henry

Brian De Palma’s half critique/half celebration of the repeated, often mindless use of empty cliché in the films of old Hollywood is a unique story about a man who believes he witnessed a murder only to find himself the target of the killer. Everyone gets a pasting here even the director’s greatest influence – Hitchcock himself. From the switching of female leads midway through the film (not the first time De Palma has done this), the claustrophobia (instead of vertigo) of the lead character, the reservoir instead of Mount Rushmore, the power drill instead of the chainsaw, the white man playing an Indian with ridiculous makeup, the Indian being a bad guy, the cheesy screen backdrops in the rear window of the car, to those romantic scenes that are so empty and meaningless as to be no different to porn, Body Double is an affectionate meta-analysis from start to finish. Don’t worry too much about the story just dive in and enjoy it.

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