Fifth about The Seventh

Peeping Tom (1960)

Peeping Tom: Michael Powell’s film enters the mind of a young psychopathic voyeur, showing how he got where he is and why he does what he does. It’s not a deep dive, and the character’s natural shyness and awkwardness make him particularly hard to read and understand his appeal to other characters. Carl Boehm plays him well, accentuating those characteristics; the casting is well-done, as he is good-looking enough to justify some initial interest. Anna Massey plays a neighbor that gets interested in him, and she is lively and energetic. The film has very stylized aesthetics: starting with its strong use of colors in both the costumes and the set decoration, enhanced by the very expressive lighting and lensing done by the director of photography, Otto Heller. The music, by composer Brian Easdale, is likewise very unique-sounding and expressive.

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