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Jake, a struggling actor, is staying in his pal’s place after his girlfriend has walked out on him. The apartment happens to be equipped with a picture window and telescope, enabling him to spy on his beautiful neighbor Gloria, which leads to a baffling series of events with drastic consequences.
Stylistically ravishing and unabashedly perverse, this wickedly entertaining psychosexual thriller finds Brian De Palma at the peak of his reflexive powers. Channelling Vertigo and Rear Window, Body Double might be the ultimate Hitchcock homage, but its virtuosity belongs entirely to De Palma.