Double Take

 

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IF YOU MEET YOUR DOUBLE, YOU SHOULD KILL HIM

HITCHCOCK:
And then I dreamed I was in a huge theatre, where one of my motion pictures was being shown. But the theatre was absolutely empty. On one wall was a gigantic mirror and when I looked into it I didn’t see my own face.

STORY:
They say that if you meet your double, you should kill him. Or that he will kill you.
I can’t remember which but – the gist of it is that two of you is one too many.
— ‘Who says there are only two of us?’ he added mischievously.
‘Maybe there’s three—or four of us.’

He sat in silence for a while, then added: ‘my whole life has been a setting to film of this moment. Now, events have caught up with the film, and overrun it. It will end badly for someone. Just as it did last time.’

I interrupted him: ‘I know what you’re thinking. It’s the murderer who will tell the story.’

As I spoke the words, fear surged inside my chest, sharp as a knife. It dawned on me that this might be my own death scene playing itself out. I felt a need to assert my existence forcefully. I glanced about me for a prop, a weapon.

TITLE:
TRANSATLANTIC TV:
LIVE TO EUROPE

REPORTER WALTER CRONKITE (voice):
Transatlantic TV. Good evening Europe, this is the North American continent live by AT&T TELSTAR, July 23rd 1962.

JFK (voice):
Today’s press conference is being relayed by the Telstar communication satellite, carrying messages from both sides of the world.

REPORTER WALTER CRONKITE (voice):
I can now see Big Ben on our monitors: ‘So, go Europe, go!’

YVES MONTAND (singing):
‘Le public se souvient,
d’la chansonette, tiens, tiens.

TITLE:
FIRST PICTURES FROM EUROPE VIA TELSTAR

TITLE:
BY 1961, U.S. OUTNUKES RUSSIA 17 to 1.

YVES MONTAND (singing, voice):
Les titis, les marquis, c'est parti,
mon kiki, la chansonnette.
A Presley fait du tords...’

TITLE:
U.S. MISSLES INSTALLED AT THE SOVIET
BORDER IN TURKEY TARGET MOSCOW
WITH A 1000 x HIROSHIMA PUNCH.

TITLE:
JUNE, 1961
PENTAGON PLOT FOR A
PREEMPTIVE STRIKE ON RUSSIA:
LEAKED TO KHRUSHCHEV...