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Peeping Tom - Criterion Collection

2 Ratings: 4.5
Classics and Cult Movies movie directed by Michael Powell

Michael Powell lays bare the cinema's dark voyeuristic underside in this disturbing 1960 psychodrama thriller. Handsome young Carl Boehm is Mark Lewis, a shy, socially clumsy young man shaped by the psychic scars of an emotionally abusive parent, in … see full wiki

Director: Michael Powell
Genre: Cult Movies, Classics
1 review about Peeping Tom - Criterion Collection

"Take me to your cinema"

  • Oct 13, 2007
Rating:
+4
PEEPING TOM singlehandedly destroyed the career of producer-director Michael Powell in 1960. Universally reviled by critics and basically ignored by audiences, the film slid into obscurity. Only now has PEEPING TOM begun to be recognized as a modern classic of the thriller genre.

Clean-cut Mark Lewis (Karlheinz Bohm) works as a camera operator at a London film studio, and moonlights as a photographer for "girlie pictures" above a seedy newsagency. He also hides a dark secret; where he stalks and murders lovely young women, capturing their last moments of sheer terror on his portable movie camera. Mark's neighbour Helen (Anna Massey) strikes up a friendship with him, but could her life also be in danger?

PEEPING TOM, filmed in glorious blazing Technicolor, is filled with intriguing performances and lots of underlying subtext. Bohm is mesmerizing to watch as the conflicted and tortured Mark, especially when his relationship with the Anna Massey character starts to bloom and he begins to start walking away from his dark and murderous desires. Bohm is best-remembered for his role of Emperor Franz-Joseph in the beloved "Sissi" trilogy--a far cry indeed from his intense performance in PEEPING TOM.

Michael Powell also got to reunite with his "Red Shoes" leading lady Moira Shearer, who plays Vivian, a stand-in at the film studio where Mark works. Vivian becomes another victim of Mark's bizarre fetish, but not before Shearer is showcased dancing an expressionistic jazz routine (a sequence again scored by "Red Shoes" composer Brian Easdale). Shearer always looked very lovely in Technicolor with her flaming red hair. I assume Powell called in a few favours by getting Shearer--who is the second-billed in the credits (despite her role being a supporting one).

Fans of good quality thrillers will get a real kick out of PEEPING TOM, a true classic of the genre, with lots of rewards for multiple viewing.

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