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Big screen classics

Peeping Tom

+ intro by Nathalie Morris, BFI National Archive Curator

Michael Powell’s impeccable film about a shy, mild-mannered cameraman-turned-killer is a must-see.

Image from Peeping Tom + intro by Nathalie Morris, BFI National Archive Curator

UK 1960
Dir Michael Powell
With Karlheinz Böhm, Anna Massey, Moira Shearer, Maxine Audley
101min
Digital
Certificate 15

This once-controversial, unusually compassionate portrait of a shy, mild-mannered cameraman (Böhm) who also happens to be a serial killer is a genuinely Freudian study of pathological voyeurism. Leo Marks’ script, rich in ironies, insights and resonance, is turned by Powell – who appears in a small, significant role – into a brilliant, multi-levelled meditation on Eros and Thanatos, the psyche and the cinema.

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