A film by Michael Powell. Cast: Karlheinz Böhm, Anna Massey, Moira Shearer. As a boy, Mark Lewis was subjected to bizarre experiments by his scientist-father, who wanted to study and record the effects of fear on the nervous system. Now grown up, both of his parents dead, Mark works by day as a focus-puller for a London movie studio. He moonlights by taking girlie pictures above a news agent’s shop. But Mark has also taken up a horrifying hobby: He murders women while using a movie camera to film their dying expressions of terror. One evening, Mark meets and befriends Helen Stephens, a young woman who rents one of the rooms in his house. Does Helen represent some kind of possible redemption for Mark – or is she unknowingly running the risk of becoming one of his victims? Michael Powell’s “Peeping Tom,” a 1960 movie about a man who filmed his victims as they died, broke the rules and crossed the line. It was ban in London because the critics tore it up to pieces and nobody wanted to see it. Years later however it resurfaced and became popular among film buff. It ended the career of one of Britain’s greatest directors. Powell and Pressburger made some of the best and most successful films of the 1940s and ’50s, including “The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp,” with Roger Livesey’s great performance spanning three wars; “The Red Shoes,” with Moira Shearer as a ballet dancer; “Black Narcissus,” with Deborah Kerr as a nun in the Himalayas, and “Stairway To Heaven (A Matter Of Life And Death),” with David Niven as a dead airman. Then came “Peeping Tom.” It is a man who works at a movie studio Mark lewis who has a secret he kill women and film their fears. Mark’s father, a psychologist specializing in the subject of fear, used his son for his experiments. When a police psychologist learns the story, he muses, “He has his father’s eyes . His father stole his childhood and his fears. He taped him 24/7 and the rooms in the house were wired. his mother dies and the father film the funeral, Six weeks later he remarries and gave mike a camera. For Mark, the areas of sex, pain, fear and filmmaking are connected. He identifies with his camera so much that when Helen kisses him, he responds by kissing the lens of his camera. Mike wanted it to stop and get a quick fix but the professor told him he would take 2 years for a person to get better. Boehm’s performance creates a vicious killer, who is shy and wounded. Powell (1905-1990) was a director who loved rich colors, and “Peeping Tom” is shot in a saturated Technicolor. He was suppose to get Bogart as the killer but Boggie did not understand the story as he told Powell he was not going to play a child molester. By the late 1970s, however, Scorsese was sponsoring revivals and restorations, and joined Powell on the audio commentary tracks of several laser discs. Indeed, Powell and Scorsese’s editor, Thelma Schoonmaker, fell in love and married, and she assisted him in writing the most remarkable directorial autobiographies, A Life in Movies and Million-Dollar Movie. Which I am going to own in 3 weeks. I do not have this one in my collection but I will soon. This is a unique film and avery film buff should have it in their collection.