Directed by Brian De Palma
Running time:114 minutes
Body Double (1984), Brian de Palma's Hitchcockian thriller, is set in Los Angeles and stars Craig Wasson, Melanie Griffith and Gregg Henry. Jake (Wasson) is an unemployed actor who is housesitting a fellow actor's house: the 'Chemosphere', a strikingly Modernist house set on stilts overlooking the city. In clear echoes of Hitchcock's Rear Window, Jake soon finds himself unavoidably spying on his neighbour, a beautiful woman who, each night, does a striptease dance in front of her window. Inevitably, looking leads to collusion, and Jake soon finds himself embroiled in a strange series of events that have unexpected and tragic consequences. A well constructed film, Body Double has an emphasis on visual storytelling rather than dialogue and, like Rear Window, centres on an ordinary and somewhat flawed hero with whom the audience can completely identify. Although panned on its release, the film's iconic Los Angeles locations, early 1980s New Wave soundtrack (including an appearance by Frankie goes to Hollywood performing 'Relax' on the set of a porn film) and edgy directorial and aesthetic indulgences have secured it a popular and cult following.
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