Tuesday, May 8, 2007

"Whatever I photograph I always lose."

I just watched the film PEEPING TOM, the British psychological thriller by director Michael Powell. Utterly despised by critics and audiences upon initial release in 1960, it was quickly yanked from theatres and practically buried until Martin Scorsese resurrected it by sponsoring revivals and restorations of the film in the late 1970s. It also practically ended Powell's film career. I think it's a brilliant meditation on voyeurism, especially in the way it implicates it's own audience in watching the gruesome acts of the protagonist.
Often compared to Alfred Hitchcock's PSYCHO, which was released 3 months later, it's said that after hearing the negative press reaction to PEEPING TOM, Hitchcock decided to release PSYCHO without a press screening.

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