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Michael Powell’s 1960 film is now well-established as a favorite of both film buffs and connoisseurs of repressed Old Blighty. (A bit of its dialogue was sampled, for example, by London retro-pop trio Saint Etienne.) At the time it was made, however, Peeping Tom was controversial enough to effectively end Powell’s brilliant career. In retrospect, the film’s premise seems obvious: A timid young man, scarred by his father’s psychological childhood experiments, turns to voyeurism, which is provocatively identified with both film-watching and murder. (The evil dad, by the way, is played by Powell himself.) Those encountering the film for the first time may not find it especially shocking; that’s because its themes and insights have been manhandled by many others subsequently. But this film, presented here in a new 35mm print, was the hippest British movie of its period, and it’s still better than any of its myriad imitators. At 6:30 p.m. & 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 12, through Thursday, March 18; at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 20; and at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 21 at the Kennedy Center’s American Film Institute National Theater. $6.50. (202) 785-4600. (Mark Jenkins)