Body Double

  • Dir: Brian De Palma

  • USA, 1984, 114min, DCP

  • Cast: Craig Wasson, Melanie Griffith, Gregg Henry

De Palma again drives full-throttle into Hitchcock territory, even going so far as casting Melanie Griffith – daughter of Tippi Hedren, star of The Birds (1963) and Marnie (1964). Body Double is De Palma’s most conspicuous homage to the Master of Suspense, and Rear Window in particular, with its themes of voyeurism and obsession. Jake is an actor haunted by a traumatic childhood incident that has left him desperately claustrophobic. After a humiliating breakup with his girlfriend, Jake takes refuge in a friend’s Hollywood Hills home, where his suppressed sexual desires bubble up while peeking into a nearby house, in which a woman gyrates in the nude. Is her nightly frolic Jake’s secret erotic pleasure or is there something more sinister at hand?

1985 USA National Society of Film Critics Awards, Best Supporting Actress



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