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Sunday Reverie: Peeping Tom (Michael Powell, 1960)

(Photo courtesy of If we don't, remember me)

To be honest, I never watched this all the way through back at uni. I knew just enough and had seen just enough scenes to be able to write my essays comparing this to Kathryn Bigelow's Strange Days (1995). But I was too afraid to actually watch this. It was either going to be too disturbing and would haunt me for days, or even worse, that it was going to be disappointing. Also it was hard to find in the days where internet pirating only really worked well on major new release titles, so I'd contend myself with the David Cronenberg phase I went through and continued on my merry way.

Cut to 2011, netflix instant play comes and saves the day again. This sat on my queue for the longest time before finally, one night last week, I couldn't sleep and started doing some reading on voyeurism and decided it was finally time.

In hindsight, this was probably the worst possible choice of film to watch right before bed.

My fear of it being disappointing was entirely unwarranted. For someone who I would say is quite media savvy, and largely unperturbed by pretty much anything, this still managed to surprise me at times. It's psychologically interesting, complex without ever talking down to the audience, and creepy as all hell.

It's available to watch on netflix, or hulu as part of their Criterion Collection.


- "Tell me what's troubling you, Mark."

- "Take me to your cinema."

- "Do you know what the most frightening thing in the world is? It's fear."

- "Whatever I photograph I always lose."

- "What do you think you have spoiled?" "An opportunity. Now I have to find another one"

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