What’s your favorite “doubles” movie?

March 20, 2020 | Katelin Levy
James Stewart in Vartigo

James Stewart in Vartigo

This week’s question: doubles in the cinema. The medium’s intrinsic reproducibility has made it a natural site for all kinds of stories about doubles, twins, doppelgangers. What’s your favorite “doubles” movie?

You can’t think about this question without thinking about Brian De Palma, who has been obsessed with doubles and doppelgangers throughout his career, including the film Obsession. One of his best and most lurid films is Femme Fatale, which may feature the best set-piece of his career at the Cannes Film Festival.

And what about our host, Richard Peña? “There are some extraordinary ones, such as Vertigo and the 1956 Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and let’s not forget David Cronenberg’s Dead Ringers, for me his greatest film.”

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