Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Peeping Tom (Powell, 1960)

This, like Vertigo, is a film professor movie--cold, icy, fixated on the nature of scopophilia more than story. Released the same year as "Psycho," the comparisons are inevitable--childhood-psyche damage makes looney, faggy adult--though only this film succeeded in ending the career of one of film's most brilliant directors.

Also, a feather-in-the-cap to all you screenwriters out there: one of Michael Powell's rare attempts without Emeric Pressburger, both the story and the dialogue are missing that heart-stabbing P&P punch.

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