Michael Powell's "Peeping Tom" and Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" were both
released in 1960. Both films concern mentally ill young adult males who
were made so by parental abuse. Both are living in the houses of their
childhoods, both are homicidal and both experience crises when confronted
with the attractions and fears generated by meeting and relating to a young
woman.My questions for the list are how did these two very different (but
British born) directors come to share so similar a view? And with such
similar views, how could these films have had such directly opposite
results for the careers of their directors? In this regard, it should be
noted that "Psycho" augmented Hitchcock's already magnificent reputation,
while "Peeping Tom" badly damaged Michael Powell's for a time.
"Success is going from failure to failure without the loss of enthusiasm."
Peter S. Latham
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