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Johan Grimonprez's ingenious documentary/fiction hybrid a meditation on identity, filmmaking, power and paranoia looks at Alfred Hitchcock's late 50s and early 60s films against the climate of Cold War-era political anxiety. Using a meticulous array of archive footage as well as a story by novelist Tom McCarthy (Remainder) about Hitchcock encountering his double during production of 'The Birds', Grimonprez traces the global rise of fear as a commodity, examining modern history through the lens of mass media, advertising and Hollywood.
Fascinating, confounding, and beautiful. --New York Magazine
Galvanizing, elegant and wildly entertaining! As gripping a suspense movie as one of Hitchcock s own. --Variety