Books and Movies that inspired DOPPELGANGER: Foucault's Pendulum

A mysterious story as the Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco could not pass overlooked. 

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Casaubon, a professional publisher in Milan, through a series of events, located in the myth of the Templar Knights find a real cultural vocation. From this myth they spread a number of strands that correspond to the most hidden secrets of Western civilization.


Through the discovery of these strands we meet the other characters in the novel, some good, some not, but all interested in something. Casaubon, Belbo and Diotallevi, in fact, derive from a pure play "Piano", a plot which helps to lend verisimilitude  the greedy Agliè, in search of a goal toward which to direct the secret society heading.

The novel take its title from the Foucault pendulum, a pendulum, swinging freely for several hours, shows the Earth's rotation.

The explanation of this phenomenon was provided to Eco by researcher Mario Salvadori. An example of a Foucault pendulum is at the Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers in Paris, where he takes the novel begins; some final scenes also partakes in a macabre re-elaboration of the pendulum itself.

We love conspiracy theories and Foucault's Pendulum inspired some atmosphere of DOPPELGÄNGER, mainly for the sequel.