Saturday Double Feature: Enemy (2014) and…

Saturday on the blog means Saturday Double Feature, right? Remember, the basic idea here is to take a movie that is out in theaters now, and pair it up with another movie from the 1980s or before. Sometimes the connection will be obvious, and sometimes it’ll be a little less so, but that’s part of the fun.

By the way, if you’re a fan of these double features, be sure to check out this post, which has the details of the new Saturday Double Feature Guessing Game. Be a winner! Show off your movie knowledge! Maybe even win an Actual Prize!

A little break with the usual format here, as instead of our usual imaginary Double Feature, I can actually give you one I was able to take in about a week ago thanks to the Belcourt Theatre here in Nashville. Fortunately, it also fit within the current-movie-paired-with-a-pre-1990-movie format that I’ve already established for this feature, so it all works very well.

First up, we’ve got director Denis Villeneuve‘s Enemy which is out in limited release now, and stars Jake Gyllenhaal. It’s the story of a college professor who one day notices that a video he is watching features an actor who looks and sounds exactly like him. Setting out to find his doppelganger, he finds himself in some very strange and very dark places.

Obviously, this s a film that raises many questions about identity, about what is real and what isn’t, and in the end leaves one wondering just exactly what has been going on.

The second movie that I saw that night also raises many of the same questions, not only about exactly what is going on, but about identity and just exactly what it means to be an individual in a society that is trying to construct a new conformity by limiting thought and individuality.  The film is Jean-Luc Godard‘s 1965 movie Alphaville, which stars Eddie Constantine. I had been looking forward to watching this film for awhile, and was thrilled when it turned up on the Belcourt’s schedule. The fact that it happened to fit so well thematically with Enemy was mere happy coincidence, but sometimes things just work out that way.

Unfortunately, the trailer below doesn’t have English subtitles, but it really was the best one I could find, and I think it gives a good idea of the “feel” of the film, even if you may not be able to pick up on all of the particulars.

Fir those who are curious, I will be writing more about Alphaville in the next week or so. In the meantime, I’m curious to hear from any of you who have seen either of these movies. What are your thoughts or opinions on them? And also, as usual I’m curious about what movie you might have chosen to pair with Enemy. Just let me know in the comments below. And also let me know of any other upcoming movies you’d like to see “double featured”. Consider it, if you will, your chance to challenge me to come up with an interesting pair.

Until next time, Happy Viewing!

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