Peeping Tom

Peeping Tom

DVD - 1999
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A study of a voyeuristic maniac who kills women while filming them with his 16mm camera.
Publisher: [S.l.] : Criterion Collection, [c1999]
ISBN: 9780780022621
0780022629
Call Number: DVD F PEEP
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (101 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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raymind
Aug 22, 2017

. I guess the " Peeping Tom " is the one watching the movie .

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robt1212
Mar 11, 2017

Our Family enjoyed this movie a great deal, especially the children. There are some moments of terror and even more of scenes that are quite entertaining, such as the old man in the news shoppe buying nudie pictures. This genre is always a pleasure to watch.

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Nursebob
Dec 13, 2014

Mark Lewis is a seriously introverted cameraman working for a big studio and supplementing his income by doing pornographic photo shoots on the side. He is also a serial killer who is compelled not only to film himself murdering his female victims but to record the subsequent police investigations as well. Suffering from the horrendous mental abuse he suffered at the hands of his austere father, a famous neurologist who used his son as a guinea pig in a series of experiments examining the fear response, Mark is unable to form meaningful relationships with the opposite sex, preferring instead to gaze longingly at them through the eyepiece of his 8mm camera. But when he begins a hesitant relationship with Helen, a young woman living in his building (much to the consternation of her suspicious mother) the conflicting emotions which ensue threaten to overwhelm his obsessively ordered world. With the police closing in and his fledgling girlfriend asking uncomfortable questions, Mark’s tenuous grip on sanity is driven to the brink... Years ahead of its time, this daring psychological drama examines the intricate power play between voyeur and subject, stalker and stalked, and the role of media, in this case home movies, in creating emotional distances. Cleverly set in the make-believe world of cinema...and pornography...director Michael Powell delves beneath surface appearances to reveal some uncomfortable truths; at one point Mark refuses Helen’s innocent request to be filmed as he does not want to see her “that way”, in another scene one of his cheesecake models asks to be photographed so that the bruises inflicted by her jealous fiancé are not readily apparent. In the role of Mark, Karlheinz Böhm is completely captivating, his awkward naïveté and childish attempts to socialize contrasting sharply with his murderous interludes; a man well aware of the demons which poison his life yet powerless, or unwilling (?), to exorcise them. An overlooked cinema classic with a truly chilling finale.

voisjoe1 May 04, 2014

Prior to this film, Michael Powell was considered to be one of the greatest directors in Great Britain. This film is the story, ostensibly about a psychotic sexually repressed serial murderer, but in reality is a story about film goers. You see, those who view films get their kicks watching other people perpetrate dastardly deeds. We think we are innocent, but we are complicit. Look up this film’s criticisms of the day. The critics thought it was a simple stupid horrible film about stupid murders, etc. and did not realize that it was about how film allows the audience to feel good and excited when one of the characters kills other people. The critics hated the movie so much, that Michael Powell never was allowed to make another good movie. A few years before this film, Hitchcock made a film, "Rear Window." That film was also about a retired police officer, who watched other people from his window, and this film was also about film goers as voyeurs. But the protagonist played by James Stewart was portrayed as a more benevolent voyeur.

aaa5756 Dec 17, 2013

This wasn't the worst movie I've ever seen, it is far from being good. I fast forwarded a lot but not all the way.

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lukasevansherman
Apr 10, 2013

At the risk of heresy, I would suggest that "Peeping Tom" is a more interesting, unsettling film than "Psycho."

THUD55 Dec 20, 2012

the British version of the movie "Psycho" which also came out in 1960. this movie was done well but the topic was tough to watch. people don't go to the movies to watch someone with a mental illness unless there are some light moments to break up the dreariness of the topic (eg. one flew over the cuckoo's nest)

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