Double Take

 

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WE HAVE SCRIPTED THIS MOMENT TOGETHER

STORY:
I scrutinized the old man’s face. The features were mine alright. No amount of latex, rubber or make up could emulate the lifetime of concern stored up in them.

— ‘We have scripted this moment together,’ said my alter ego. ‘In this very room. It was 1962.’

— ‘But it is 1962,’ I told him. — ‘For you, maybe,’ he said. ‘Oddly enough, for me, Alfred Hitchcock, it’s 1980.’

HITCHCOCK (voice):
Good evening, I am Alfred Hitchcock

STORY:
— ‘You must be mistaken,’ I protested, ‘I am Alfred Hitchcock!’
— ‘We both are,’ he answered.

BACKGROUND HITCHCOCK (voice):
But I am Alfred Hitchcock! I am, I insist!

STORY:
I felt my own reality slipping away. Felt that I risked becoming no more than a character in someone else’s film. I decided to accept the situation and to play along with it, sensing that a failure to do so could prove... catastrophic.

REPORTER (voice):
And there it was! Another post-war wonder right before your eyes!

THE KITCHEN DEBATE #3


NIXON:
This Mr. Khrushchev ...

REPORTER (voice):
... Television!

NIXON:
... is one of the most advanced developments in communication, that we have, at least in our country.

TITLE:
PARIS - AUGUST 18, 1900
RUSSIAN ENGINEER KONSTANTIN PERSKY COINS THE WORD “TELEVISION” AFTER TRANSMITTING THE FIRST IMAGE.

HITCHCOCK:
Good evening television consumers. This misty bit of ectoplasm, forming on the inside of your television screen is one Alfred Hitchcock.