TRASH TRIPLE BILL: PEEPING-TOMS

Because you’re a paranoid so-and-so, you’ve closed all the curtains, hit the lights off and are sitting in the ensuite so no-one can see you. You won’t leave the house so in Trash Triple Bill, we’re selecting the best three films to watch back-to-back-to-back. We’re nice like that.

Theme: Peeping-Toms

This triple bill is best enjoyed on your neighbour’s telly… via a pair of binoculars.

Film One: Blow Up (1966, Dir. Michelangelo Antonioni)

This perfect example of late 60’s counter culture follows photographer, Thomas’s (David Hemmings) discovery of a possible murder when photographing a random couple in a park. Blowing up the images (shot on film no less) to increase his view point, he is led down a mysterious path that becomes all encompassing. Taking in all the very best of swinging-Carnaby street – fashion, free love, The Yardbirds and… ‘tennis’, Antonioni gives the film a European art house edge that only serves to elevate it above it’s contemporaries.

Trash trivia: Famed war photographer Don McCullin took all the photographs featured in the film.

Film Two: The Conversation (1974, Dir. Francis Ford Copola)

What is essentially a very, ‘Blow Up‘ influenced conceit, The Conversation switches the visual peeping-tomness of David Hemming’s camera to Harry Caul’s (Gene Hackman’s) audio recording equipment. Overhearing a possible murder, Caul struggles with the guilt he may have played in it and like David in Blow Up, it dominates his life. Taking in themes of Catholicism and Watergate era paranoia, Copola infuses his jazz-scored spy drama with a real-life-naturalness that is typical of his 1970s output.

Trash trivia: Harry Caul’s home phone number is 415-863-1944. Don’t phone, it’s just for fun.

Film Three: One Hour Photo (2002, Dir. Mark Romance)

You want creepy? You got creepy. Robin Williams reins in the gurning show-off schtick to give one of his best on-screen roles as he portrays Sy, a photo technician at a supermarket who becomes obsessed with a young family via the images he develops for them. Exploring loneliness, obsession and deceitfulness, this tense horror/thriller is evenly paced and serves as a great alternative to the usual sickly family friendly nonsense that William’s made his late 1990s trademark.

Trash trivia: In prep for the movie, William’s had to shave most of his head, arms and chest as he was a super hairy man. The hair was later used to make the Chewbacca costume for Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith.

Let us know what you think of the films – @MoveToTrashUK

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