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4.0 out of 5 stars A double delight for Hitchcock fans?, 25 May 2011
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Following an earlier project 'Looking for Alfred', this is a fascinating work that mixes tidbits of Hitchcock's films (and tributes), his TV programmes, promotions and newsreel, together with newer material featuring Hitchcock's double, Ron Burrage. Together, it weaves a strange tale as Hitchcock (told through an impersonating voiceover of varying quality) tells us about an event in 1962 when he met with himself from 1980 (his hallucinations as he passed over?).

This narrative is woven within footage of the cold war / space race / arms race and we are also kept amused by several of Hitchcock's irreverent and caustic introductions to the adverts of Alfred Hitchcock Presents' sponsors. The overall montage of footage is interesting but I found some of the edits and material too bizarre to always follow. The use of the more serene musical extracts from the Psycho soundtrack is a great touch and I confess that I did spend an engaging 80 minutes watching this. I agree with the 'Screen' review that it is `Ingenious, witty, virtuoso and infectious', albeit a bit fractured.

Overall though - 4 stars. Probably a must for fans of Hitchcock the man, rather than for fans of his films.
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