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American Cinematheque: Peeping Tom & Diva
January 12 @ 7:30 pm$12
The American Cinematheque programs an eccentric double bill of films from distributor Rialto Pictures. Peeing Tom is the one of interest to us - a brilliant study of a deranged serial killer.
1960, Rialto Pictures, 101 min, UK, Dir: Michael Powell
Almost universally reviled by critics on its initial run but now considered a masterpiece of psychological horror, PEEPING TOM all but killed Powell’s career when it was released. In an unforgettably creepy and affecting performance, Carl Boehm stars as a shy, gentle photographer, who is really a tormented serial killer filming his female victims at their moment of death. Boehm’s crush on boarding-house tenant Helen (Anna Massey) brings on a crisis that can result only in redemption or destruction. Insightful and subversive, PEEPING TOM poses difficult questions about the universal desire for voyeuristic thrills and the very nature of watching film.
1981, Rialto Pictures, 123 min, France, Dir: Jean-Jacques Beineix
Director Jean-Jacques Beineix scored a bull’s-eye internationally at arthouse box offices with his debut film, a deftly constructed soufflé of a suspense thriller with a comic, tongue-in-cheek tone.