The Ghost of One's Self: Doppelgangers in Mystery, Horror and Science Fiction Films

The Ghost of One's Self: Doppelgangers in Mystery, Horror and Science Fiction Films

by Paul Meehan


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For millennia people have held folk beliefs about the existence of the doppelganger—"double walker" in German—a look-alike second self that is often the antithesis of one's identity and is usually considered an omen of misfortune or death. The theme of the double has inspired works by E.T.A. Hoffmann, Poe, de Maupassant, Dostoevsky and others, and has been the basis for many classic mystery, horror and science fiction movies.
This critical survey examines the double in more than 100 films by such acclaimed directors as Alfred Hitchcock, Mario Bava, Roger Corman, David Cronenberg, George Romero, Fritz Lang, James Cameron, Robert Siodmak, Don Siegel, John Frankenheimer, Terry Gilliam, Brian De Palma and Roman Polanski.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476665665
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 10/23/2017
Pages: 236
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Paul Meehan is the author of several books on science fiction, film noir and horror films, and a contributor to the Noir City Sentinel, the journal of the Film Noir Foundation. He lives in San Francisco.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface 1

One. The Ghost of One’s Self 3

Two. Double, Double, Toil and Trouble: Literature 11

Three. Double Jeopardy: Crime, Mystery and Film Noir 30

Four. Twins of Evil: Horror Films 84

Five. Human Duplicators: Science Fiction Films 135

Six. Conclusion: Double Impact 211

Filmography 215

Chapter Notes 223

Bibliography 224

Index 225

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