director Michael Powell
Michael Powell’s Peeping Tom is a terrific film. Often cited in counterpoint to Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (also 1960), it’s a dark portrait of a psychologically unbalanced cameraman who doubles as a serial killer. It’s all voyeurism, the male gaze, and a reflection of the art and act of cinema. It was also controversial on its release and was a huge hit on Powell’s career, stark contrast there with Hitch.
It’s creepy. It’s brilliant.
It’s all been said.
It’s also beautifully lurid in its hues. But then isn’t every Powell film gorgeous?