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Peeping Tom (1962) Movie Information

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Michael Powell


Karlheinz Böhm
Moira Shearer
Anna Massey
Maxine Audley
Michael Goodliffe
Shirley Anne Field





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A lonely, repressed young man's life revolves around the camera: when not working for film studio or proving pornographic pictures for a local shop, he's exploring the depths of fear as he films women while murdering them. -- Chris Kavan

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Snoogans 06/23/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Some groundwork for future similar films (most notably 'Maniac' and it's remake) can be seen in this unusual 60's thriller. Unusual type of thriller for the time, that is. Filmmaking techniques play as big of a part as the story. The two go hand-in-hand in giving insight to this dangerous voyeuristic character. He rides the line of sympathy and scary perfectly, so that we understand his situation but still condone his actions. Many scenes subtly induce fear, which exactly parallel his own filming studies of his victims. Very interesting and understated.

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mitchellyoung 05/30/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Peeling back the layers of an interesting psychological study, Michael Powell examines the nature of fear and obsession. The film's main unique device is its frequent adoption of the first person perspective, which achieves an unsettling effect. The film's controversial scenes are tame by today's standards, but Peeping Tom still packs a punch when it comes to emotional impact.

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Chris Kavan 05/27/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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The history behind the film is just as fascinating as the movie itself. Michael Powell was essentially banned in the UK following the scandal of this film. It is very effective at showing some difficult subject matter, even after all these years. Well worth seeking out.

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gideon43 05/21/2010 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Now revered as a classic British Horror Movie, Peeping Tom was not given such a good reception when it was released in 1960. The intense controversy garnered at the time practically destroyed the career of one of the finest British directors in history. Michael Powell was virtually ostracized and blacklisted due to the extreme controversy raised. Even by today's permissive standards, Peeping Tom touches on some fairly taboo subjects. It is a bold, brave and imaginative movie whose stature has increased dramatically over the years. Regarded quite rightly as a masterpiece of modern cinema, Peeping Tom still has the power to send a shiver down the spine.

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Allison 11/16/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Excellent movie by director Michael Powell. I was sort of indifferent by The Red Shoes. However, this movie proved to me what he was all about. This movie was also directed without Pressberger, so I think I liked it a lot more. MP's obsession with redheads is both funny and tragic.

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