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Trailers from Hell Whiles Away 'The Double Hour'

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood June 4, 2014 at 11:20AM

Today on Trailers from Hell, Brian Trenchard-Smith discusses Giuseppe Capotondi's darkly delirious Italian thriller "The Double Hour," winner of three prizes at the 2009 Venice Film Festival.
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'The Double Hour'
'The Double Hour'

Today on Trailers from Hell, Brian Trenchard-Smith discusses Giuseppe Capotondi's darkly delirious Italian thriller "The Double Hour," winner of three prizes at the 2009 Venice Film Festival.

A puzzle box masquerading as a film noir, "The Double Hour" is the feature film debut of former music video director Giuseppe Capotondi. The film centers on a couple (played by Ksenia Rappoport and Fliippo Timi) who meet at a speed-dating club. A violent encounter with some art thieves leaves Timi dead and Rappoport in a coma. When she awakes she seems to enter a broken-mirror version of her life before the attack. No one is who they seem in this genuinely mysterious mystery and though Capotondi’s film contains echoes of "Vertigo" and "Don’t Look Now," it remains a singular experience. Rappoport won an acting prize at Venice in 2009.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.