10 Avant-Garde, Psychosexual Stories on Film


Body Double

The surreal life of a voyeur and voyeurism’s oddly performative nature are explored in Brian De Palma’s Body Double. “I don’t think morality applies to art. It’s a ludicrous idea. I mean, what is the morality of a still life? I don’t think there’s good or bad fruit in the bowl,” said the filmmaker in a 1984 interview. For De Palma, the act of watching in Body Double is amoral, if anything. “It’s like a keyhole that everyone’s looking through,” De Palma explained in an interview with The Playlist. “If everyone’s looking through it — otherwise it’s on the internet. I don’t know, you have a kind of anonymous complicit-ness. Who’s looking at it? The world’s looking at it. So because I’m part of the world looking, does that make me part of the crime? I think it’s more to do with exhibitionism. I think anyone that’s taking a photograph of themselves or a video for themselves is posing for the camera. If they’re posing for the camera, they want to be seen. So anybody looking is hardly complicit, they’re basically fulfilling what the exhibitionist wants to do: expose themselves.”