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July 3rd, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON | Brew Views
 

Brew Views: Body Double

Double duty.

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While some filmmakers pay subtle homage to their forebears, Brian De Palma makes no attempt to hide his Hitchcock obsession. All month long, in a series called Deja Vertigo, the Hollywood Theatre pays tribute to the director’s psychological thrillers of the early ’80s. First up is 1984’s Body Double, which screws together (pun intended—there’s a murder involving a massive power drill) Vertigo and Rear Window to produce a story of claustrophobia, voyeurism, pornography and grotesque facial disfigurement. Though it has none of Hitchcock’s obsessive control, it makes up for it with a surfeit of sleaze and sex. And, in another neat tie to the Master of Suspense, it stars Melanie Griffith—daughter of Tippi Hedren, one of Hitch’s blond muses—as a hardcore porn star with a bleached David Bowie ’do.

 
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