Peeping Tom in 4K

Peeping Tom in 4K

Perfectly executed in popping Eastmancolor from its leering, first-person point-of-view opening sequence, Michael Powell’s solo effort (only his second since his 18-film run with Emeric Pressburger) draws out that intrinsic link between voyeurism and movie-watching so masterfully explored by Hitchcock (Rear Window comes to mind) to its chilling extreme. Condemned for its moral bankruptcy upon its initial release, film theorist Laura Mulvey was one of the first to reappraise the picture in the 1990s, understanding that Powell’s masterpiece “creates a magic space for its fiction somewhere between the camera’s lens and the projector’s beam of light on the screen.”

DIRECTED BY: Michael Powell. WRITTEN BY: Leo Marks. WITH: Carl Boehm, Moira Shearer, Anna Massey, Maxine Audley. 1960. 101 min. UK. Eastmancolor. English. 4K DCP. Restored by The Film Foundation and BFI National Archive in association with Studiocanal. Funding provided by The Film Foundation and Studiocanal. Special thanks to Martin Scorsese and Thelma Schoonmaker for their consultation. 4K scanning by Silver Salt Restoration Limited, London; picture restoration by Cineric, Inc., New York; audio restoration by BFI National Archive.

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