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Although this film is technically an Italian giallo, it really defies any easy categorization. The beginning is reminiscent of an American film noir with the protagonist being shot to death in slow motion as the rest of the film proceeds in flashbacks.
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Although this film is technically an Italian giallo, it really defies any easy categorization. The beginning is reminiscent of an American film noir with the protagonist being shot to death in slow motion as the rest of the film proceeds in flashbacks. But rather than a hard-boiled narrative related in voice over, the flashbacks are dreamy and at times even surreal. The narrative moves freely back and forth through time and between objective reality and fantasy. With its focus on obsessive love, scenic locales, and the dreamy but empty lives of the idle rich, The Double at times reminded me of a Nabokov novel or a European arthouse film like Last Year at Marienbad. Unlike Last Year, however, the fragmented and convoluted narrative is more less resolvable by the end. The ending is probably the reason the film is classified as a giallo--there's a Hitchcockian twist.....
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