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 Post subject: Powell's Peeping Tom
PostPosted: Sat Aug 08, 2009 6:53 pm 

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On 502 JOI mentions a poster on his wall; Peeping Tom by Michael Powell. Thought I'd give you all a quick few bits of information about the movie as it seems to play a role in shaping JOI's films/his worldview.

The following is taken from the Internet Movie Database

Mark Lewis (Carl Boehm), works as a focus puller in a British film studio. On his off hours, he supplies a local porno shop with cheesecake photos and also dabbles in filmmaking. A lonely, unfriendly, sexually repressed fellow, Mark is obsessed with the effects of fear and how they are registered on the face and behavior of the frightened. This obsession dates from the time when, as a child, he served as the subject of some cold-blooded experiments in the psychology of terror conducted by his own scientist father. As a grown man, Mark becomes a compulsive murderer who kills women and records their contorted features and dying gasps on film. His ongoing project is a documentary on fear. With 16mm camera in hand, he accompanies a prostitute to her room and stabs her with a blade concealed in his tripod, all the while photographing her contorted face in the throes of terror and death. Alone in his room, he surrounds himself with the sights and sounds of terror: taped screams, black-and-white "home movies" of convulsed faces. At his house, he meets Helen Stephens (Anna Massey), a young woman who lives with her blind mother in a downstairs flat. She visits his flat, where he shows her black-and-white films that were taken of him when he was a child. She is horrified to see that his father used him as a guinea pig in various experiments, taking movies of his reactions of fear. Written by alfiehitchie

As a boy, Mark Lewis was subjected to bizarre experiments by his scientist-father, who wanted to study and record the effects of fear on the nervous system. Now grown up, both of his parents dead, Mark works by day as a focus-puller for a London movie studio. He moonlights by taking girlie pictures above a news agent's shop. But Mark has also taken up a horrifying hobby: He murders women while using a movie camera to film their dying expressions of terror. One evening, Mark meets and befriends Helen Stephens, a young woman who rents one of the rooms in his house. Does Helen represent some kind of possible redemption for Mark - or is she unknowingly running the risk of becoming one of his victims? Written by Eugene Kim {}

And then here is a link to a trailer for the film

 Post subject: Re: Powell's Peeping Tom
PostPosted: Sat Aug 08, 2009 10:40 pm 
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this is available to watch instantly on netflix! they recommended it to me just a day or two after i read about the poster in JOI's room... these coincidences keep adding up :?:

it's interesting, but if you don't have two hours to watch it try reading Roger Ebert's review: ... 20301/1023

 Post subject: Re: Powell's Peeping Tom
PostPosted: Sun Aug 09, 2009 12:09 pm 

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"Helen Stephens"

Helen Steeply?

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