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SIFF Cinema maintains property values with rep series

Let’s face it, what with the Golden Globes and (likely) Academy Award show cancellations, there isn’t a lot going on, moviewise, during the winter doldrums. Studios are busily dumping dreck like In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale, while Seattle cineastes have already seen all the Oscar contenders. Thankfully, among SIFF’s showcase of 22 classic titles from the vaults at Rialto, none of them are based on video games or star Jason Statham. First up is Peeping Tom (1960), a progenitor of the modern serial-killer flick that basically killed director Michael Powell’s career. It follows a meek sociopath (Karl Böhm) through London as he endeavors to capture the face of fear while filming his victims in their death throes. Once considered as shocking as Psycho, today it’s a favorite of voyeurs and film theorists—which may be saying the same thing. Series continues through Thurs., Feb. 7; see SIFF Web site for full schedule.

Fri., Jan. 25, 7:30 p.m., 2008

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