Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The Best Old Movies on a Big Screen This Week

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Peeping Tom Michael Powell movie
Peeping Tom (1960)
Directed by Michael Powell
By 1960, the British cinema had long since receded from the sense-blazing stylizations of the kind purveyed by Powell & Pressburger, relishing instead the newly stripped-down vigor of "kitchen sink" asceticism. Peeping Tom, not insignificantly, premiered in its native UK just six months before Saturday Night and Sunday Morning arrived to prove Powell’s aesthetic predilections irrelevant. Nevermind that the man had directed, only 17 years earlier, what remains perhaps the greatest British film ever made: this fated cocktail of censor-baiting prurience and murder had instantly rendered Powell’s auteurism vulgar. Banned and unscreened for nearly 20 years, Tom eventually found its champions, garnering fervent-enough retroactive acclaim to guarantee the film a place in the canon—a shame, however, that it did not come soon enough for Powell’s career to recover. Calum Marsh (August 17 at Film Forum in a double feature with Psycho, part of its Son of Summer Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Horror)

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