Synopsis: Journalism icon Gay Talese reports on Gerald Foos, the owner of a Colorado motel, who allegedly secretly watched his guests with the aid of specially designed ceiling vents, peering down from an "observation platform" he built in the motel's attic.
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Myles Kane, Josh Koury
Production: Netflix
Rotten Tomatoes:
96 min

They couldn't hear me.

They couldn't see me.

But I could hear them and see them.

It's been a secret all these years.

It's been a secret for 47 years.

Nobody ever will be able to do what I did.


A lot of people

are gonna call me a pervert...

Peeping Tom.

I'm prepared for that.

But I have to tell somebody,

because I just didn't wanna die

and it be lost forever.

The beginning...

has to get the attention of the reader.

Page one, paragraph one, sentence one.

How do you begin?

I'd been a reporter

from the time I was 15.

I'm 80 now.

My life has pretty much been living

through other people's experiences,

and to be a very accurate chronicler.

An observer.

Watching other people. Listening.

I take my time,

and I am genuinely interested

in the people I'm writing about,

because there's something about them

that I feel I can identify with.

I live in a brownstone.

A small dot in a crowded block

on the east side of Manhattan.

I always dress very nicely.

Clothes make a difference.

My father was a tailor,

always beautifully dressed.

As a boy in my father's tailor shop,

I had clothes made for me.

My father was a prideful tailor.

I became a prideful journalist.

I have this converted wine cellar.

I call it a bunker.

The volume of material here represents

probably 50 years of research

propelled by endless curiosity.

With the flip of a page,

I can tell you who I was with,

who I had dinner with, where I was.

It's all there.

Look at this small type.

I have in my files, collected papers,

chronological through the year.

"Gay Talese, '53,

copy boy, New York Times."

Now we're into the '60s, '66.

This is where the Sinatra thing,

and Joe DiMaggio...

I have every article I ever wrote

and also the notes.

All this crap I keep.

Some of these boxes will testify

to the collecting of material

that later became a book, a magazine.

Everything is valuable.

Even when you don't write,

you've learned something.

Okay, well, I'm ready for a gin martini.

The story never ends.

The stories never die.

A lot of reporters think, you know,

when they leave the story, it's all over.

Sometimes it's just beginning.

I'm pursuing a story

about a man named Gerald Foos

who decided he wanted to buy a motel...

for the express purpose

of using it to watch everything

that was being done in private.

He could see what people were doing

in the privacy of their motel room,

looking down through this vent system that

gave him full access as he peers through,

watching in a crouched position.

Can't believe this story.

You can't make this up.

You can't make it up.

- Okay, do we start?

- We're rolling.

Hey, Gerald, when do you think

you actually became a voyeur?

I was brought up

in a very secluded sexual environment...


where my mom and dad

never told me anything about sex.

And I had to learn it on my own.

And I knew there was more to life...

and more to sex.

I just knew that it had to be more.

I had told Donna that I was a voyeur.

She says,

"Isn't that what they call a Peeping Tom?"

I says, "Yeah."

"But I call it voyeurism."

I says, "I wanna get a laboratory."

And she said, "What?"

And I said, "I wanna buy a laboratory."

I think I know how I'm gonna do it,

but it has to be absolutely foolproof

"insofar as anyone ever discovering it."

The street was basically built

for tourist travel.

That's the kind of people

that occupied the rooms.


I couldn't really find

what I was looking for,

and all of a sudden,

I came by the Manor House.

The Manor House Motel.

After I looked in that motel,

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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