The eccentric professor Oscar Collins lives completely secluded in his chaotic apartment. When a model (Penny Lane) and her photographer boyfriend move in next to him, he becomes fascinated... See full summary »

Director:

Joe Massot

Writers:

Gérard Brach (story), Guillermo Cabrera Infante (screenplay)
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Credited cast:
Jack MacGowran ... Prof. Oscar Collins
Jane Birkin ... Penny Lane
Irene Handl ... Mrs. Peurofoy
Richard Wattis ... Perkins
Iain Quarrier ... Young Man
Beatrix Lehmann ... Mother
Brian Walsh Brian Walsh ... Photographer
Sean Lynch ... Riley
Bee Duffell Bee Duffell ... Mrs. Charmer
Noel Trevarthen ... Policeman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marijke Koger Marijke Koger ... (as 'The Fool')
Josje Leeger Josje Leeger ... (as 'The Fool')
Simon Posthuma Simon Posthuma ... (as 'The Fool')
Suki Potier Suki Potier ... Girl at party
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The eccentric professor Oscar Collins lives completely secluded in his chaotic apartment. When a model (Penny Lane) and her photographer boyfriend move in next to him, he becomes fascinated with her. He drills holes in the walls and ceiling and peeps on her day and night. He loses himself in daydreams and delusions. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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...LET YOUR MIND WONDER...

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The painting on the professor's side of the "wonderwall" is a colorization of "The Passing of Arthur" ck and white illustration] by Florence Harrison from Alfred Lord Tennyson's "Guinevere and Other Poems". London: Blackie & Son, [1912]. The original illustration has the caption "Morte d'Arthur"; it is not to be confused with the color illustration with the same title, done by the same artist for the same book. See more »

Quotes

Prof. Oscar Collins: [talking to his lab rats] Good night. Have a nice weekend.
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Edited into George Harrison: Living in the Material World (2011) See more »

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Glass Box
Written and Recorded by George Harrison
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Peeping Tom Psychedelia
18 February 2008 | by vandino1See all my reviews

Any movie that is defended with the idea that it can only be enjoyed by viewing after taking drugs... well, c'mon, you know it's got to be pretty bad. And this is bad, no mistake about it. Sure, it's very colorful, and for the drug-inclined it's an eye-popping visual "overdose" of nostalgic psychedelia...

But at the the heart of this foolish fruity farrago is an offensive story of a geeky middle-aged man obsessing pervertedly over a pretty young woman living next door -- that obsession fueled by non-stop Peeping Tom activity. This sick invasion of privacy is treated as an excitable, joyous, comical diversion. It leads the geek professor to wild flights of fancy and lunatic dreams, giving us plenty of bizarre sequences filmed in full 60's psychedelic-meets-Richard Lester glory. But, wacky comedy-wise, it's weak tea in comparison to Lester's 'The Knack' or 'Help!' And considering the obvious Lester-Beatles influence (including the actor playing Birkin's boyfriend having a distinct Liverpudlian accent) it's no surprise that George Harrison provides the score.

Too bad that the score is awful. Whole scenes go by with virtually no dialogue, thus a catchy pop score from Harrison would be welcome, and add to the nostalgic value of the film beyond the psychedelia. Unfortunately we get the Shankar-sauce sitar-period Harrison. Only those finding a nostalgic trip from Indian music that sounds like the wailing of out-of-tune violins (or worse, the sound of a cat trapped inside bagpipes) will be pleased. Otherwise, it's an ear-offending slog.

And otherwise, filmically, you get a frantic but professional performance from Jack Macgowran, a lot of eye-catching shots of pretty cult-figure Jane Birkin, and a few comic bits that work.


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Language:

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Release Date:

12 January 1969 (UK) See more »

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Wonderwall See more »

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