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Trivia / Peeping Tom

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  • Completely Different Title:
    • Argentina and Peru: Three Faces for Fear
    • Belgium: The Lurker
    • Brazil: The Torture of Fear
    • Czech Republic: Curious
    • Denmark: Photo Models Are Hunted
    • Finland: The Face of Fear
    • France: The Voyeur
    • Germany: Eyes of Fear
    • Hungary: Cameras
    • Italy: The Eye That Kills
    • Mexico: The Photographer of Fear
    • Netherlands: The Mystery of the Missing Women
    • Portugal: The Victim of Fear
    • Serbia: Voyeur
    • Slovenian: Death in the Eyes
    • Spain: The Panic Photographer
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    • Turkey: Woman Murderer
  • Creator Killer: Michael Powell's career was damaged by the film's scandal, and he struggled to find work afterwards.
  • Dawson Casting: Dora the prostitute is referenced in the Daily Mirror headlines as a "young girl". But Brenda Bruce was 40 during shooting. Helped by her being Older Than They Look.
  • Executive Meddling: The censors ordered the nudity and gore cut down. Some other bits of dialogue were trimmed as well, and the footage is considered lost today.
  • Fake Nationality: Mark is played by Austrian-German actor Carl Boehm.
  • The Foreign Subtitle: Became Peeping Tom: A Sneak Peek in Sweden.
  • Production Posse: Moira Shearer had starred in Michael Powell's films The Red Shoes and The Tales of Hoffman.
  • Real-Life Relative: The young Mark in the home movies is played by Michael Powell's son Columba. Mark's birth mother is likewise played by Columba's real mother Frankie Reidy.
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  • Reality Subtext: Michael Powell's own equipment was used as props for the cameras in Mark's room.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • They initially wanted a star to play Mark, and Dirk Bogarde was the first choice. When they couldn't get him, Laurence Harvey was attached for a while but eventually dropped out.
    • Moira Shearer replaced Natasha Parry in the role of Viv. Among other actresses considered were Joan Plowright (rejected for being "too sympathetic") and Julie Andrews (rejected for being "too famous"). Moira herself was nearly rejected for being "too glamorous".
  • Write What You Know: Screenwriter Leo Marks based some of the film on his own experiences growing up above a bookstore. The prostitute who gets killed in the first scene was based on a real woman who was a frequent customer at the store.


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