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Peeping Tom (1960)

Peeping Tom red movie poster

Michael Powell’s brilliant meditation on Oedipal bullying, voyeurism, photography, pornography, sadism and violence, all wrapped up in the psychosexual concept of scopophilia or the morbid desire to look. The story of a film studio’s focus puller and his need to kill women (mostly redheads) while photographing them basically destroyed Powell’s career at the hands of the middle class critics who despised it. It’s a masterpiece of British cinema and one can only wonder at what Powell would make of the narcissistic perverts who spend their lives photographing themselves doing all manner of vile things nowadays.

 

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