Peeping Tom

Misplaced critical vitriol torpedoed the original 1960 release of director Michael Powell’s psycho-horror.

Fifty years later, it’s an undisputed British masterpiece.

Scripted by Leo Marks, it tells of camera-obsessed victim-misfit Mark (gently tragic Carl Boehm), who’s in queasy thrall to an appalling quest for realism.

Shot in lurid Eastmancolor (which pops harder than ever in this digital restoration) and crammed with ripe Freudian symbolism, Peeping Tom lays bare the dark impulses that lie behind both the making and watching of films.

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