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PEEPING TOM

MICHAEL POWELL

This film was released 17th December 2010, and is no longer screening.

When Peeping Tom was first released in 1960, one not untypical critical response was that it should be ‘shovelled up and flushed down the nearest sewer’. The controversy effectively cut short director Michael Powell’s career, no matter that he’d made classics like The Red Shoes. Thankfully though, Powell lived to see his tale of cinematic voyeurism revived in the ’80s at the behest of Martin Scorsese. As this 50th anniversary reissue demonstrates, however, Peeping Tom is no museum piece, but a portrait of obsession which remains powerful and disturbing even today because it never lets the audience off the hook. The conceit of having film technician Karl Bohm driven to film women as he kills them is unsettling enough, but Powell is always at pains to remind us of our own complicity in wanting to watch such horrors. Peeping Tom is a genuine celluloid landmark and one of the truly great films about the cinema.(Notes by Trevor Johnston).

101 minutes| U.K.| 1960| Colour| D-Cinema

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