Directed by Michael Powell (UK, 1960, 101 min.). Digital.

A frank exploration of voyeurism, violence, and the male gaze, Michael Powell’s controversial slasher is the story of a boudoir photographer in swinging 60s London with a predilection for murdering his subjects. The film takes a strikingly sympathetic approach to its killer, revealing the childhood traumas and sexual crises that led him to take murderous revenge as an adult. Reviled by critics upon its initial release for its deeply unsettling subject matter, the film has since been hailed as a masterpiece. It is a firm favorite of Martin Scorsese, who has described it as an allegory for the lurid rush of power that comes with holding a movie camera; others have deemed it the first slasher film, and a precursor to Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho.

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