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Culture Club Presents “Peeping Tom” (1960)

Posted by bgsuenglish on September 15, 2009

“Tuesdays at the Gish,” a film series sponsored by The Culture Club, in association with the Department of Theatre and Film, will continue with its second film of the season September 15, 2009 with a screening of Michael Powell’s 1960 film, Peeping Tom.

This film tells the story of Mark Lewis (Carl Boehm), a soft-spoken cameraman with a deadly secret: he murders young women and captures their dying moments on film. At the time of its release, this thriller, directed by the legendary Michael Powell, was accused of being a sadistic exercise in bad taste. Over the years, however, the film has come to be recognized as a powerful meditation on the seductive lure of the cinematic apparatus, the nature (and violence) of representation, and the misogyny of patriarchal culture. Nearly fifty years after its release, Peeping Tom still has the power to shock and provoke thought.

The screening begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Gish Film Theater in Hanna Hall.

Founded in 2007 by Mark S. Bernard and Colin Helb, the “Tuesdays at the Gish” film series is dedicated to bringing public domain, obscure, and independent films to northwest Ohio. The films are shown free of charge and are open to the public. The film series is a collaboration between The Culture Club: Cultural Studies Scholars’ Association and the Department of Theatre and Film. The 2009-2010 film series is curated by Kevan Feshami, Melinda Lewis, Lizabeth Mason, and Justin Philpot with Dr. Cynthia Baron.

To contact the curators for the Tuesdays at the Gish Film Series, please send an e-mail to to the attention of “Tuesdays at the Gish.”


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