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(1960)

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First movie to ever put the audience in the killer's POV.
The scandal, which the movie aroused, destroyed the career of director Michael Powell.
Premiere voted this movie as one of "The 25 Most Dangerous Movies".
In Mark Lewis' "home movies," Prof. A.N. Lewis is played by director Michael Powell, young Mark Lewis is played by Powell's real-life son, Columba Powell, and Mark's mother, seen lying lifelessly in bed, is played by Columba's real-life mother, Frankie Reidy.
Milly welcomes Mark with "Look who's here - Cecil Beaton!" in the first scene above the newsagents. Sir Cecil Beaton (1904 -1980) was a noted English fashion and portrait photographer.
The film is generally regarded as the first slasher film in horror movie history and the first horror movie to use the convention of seeing things from the killer's point of view.
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The cameras in Mark Lewis' room include director Michael Powell's first film camera, a hand operated Eyemo, made by Bell and Howell, that he won in a competition.
The character of Don Jarvis the studio boss is a parody of notorious Rank mogul John Davis.
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There are actually two spellings and pronunciations of "scoptophilia." Scopophilia is the preferred spelling and pronunciation, but the film uses the former.
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DIRECTOR_CAMEO(Michael Powell): Mark's father, seen in an old home movie he shows Helen.
One of Martin Scorsese's favorite films.
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Early choices for the role of Mark included Dirk Bogarde and Laurence Harvey.
In his memoirs Michael Powell revealed his other candidates for the role of Vivian as being Joan Plowright (rejected as 'too sympathetic') and a young Julie Andrews (rejected as 'too famous'). He eventually chose Moira Shearer despite initially describing her as 'too glamorous'.
This is the British counterpart of Psycho. Though it was banned for many years and so it did not become a box office smash like Psycho, filmmakers that saw it when it opened cite it as being similarly influential, maybe more so, because although the set pieces are more artfully constructed in Psycho, the killer in Peeping Tom is much more tragic and sympathetic, a major innovation for film at the time.
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Considered to be the first mainstream British movie to show female nudity.
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Screenwriter Leo Marks was a leading cryptographer for Britain during World War II.
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Shot over a period of 6 weeks.
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This was Moira Shearer's third collaboration with Michael Powell after The Red Shoes (1948) and The Tales of Hoffmann (1951).
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
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The critical mauling and public outcry about the film resulted in it being pulled from British cinemas after just five days.
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The film is included on Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" list.
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

The film was heavily cut by the BBFC before release and consequently many scenes still have a ragged feel to them. The murders of Vivian and Dora were toned down, shots of nudity were deleted (including photos of nude girls in the album), the suicide of the killer was shortened, and scenes featuring the spike were also edited. Some dialogue was also cut (which explains the abrupt ending to the conversation between the policemen in the car). Although some cuts were restored in later video and DVD releases much of the edited footage is now considered lost forever.

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