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Michael Powell: International Perspectives on an English Film-maker

By (author) Ian Christie
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, United Kingdom
Imprint: BFI Publishing
Published: 11th May 2005
Dimensions: w 171mm h 233mm d 23mm
Weight: 767g
ISBN-10: 1844570940
ISBN-13: 9781844570942
Barcode No: 9781844570942
Synopsis
The films of Michael Powell (1905-90) and Emeric Pressburger (1902-88), among them I Know Where I'm Going! (1945), A Matter of Life and Death (1947) and The Red Shoes (1948), are landmarks in British cinema, standing apart from the realist and comic mainstream with their highly stylised aesthetic and their themes of romantic longing and spiritual crisis. Powell and Pressburger are revered by film lovers and film-makers (Martin Scorsese has called them 'the most successful experimental film-makers in the world'). In this first-ever collection of essays on Powell, an international group of critics and scholars map out his film-making skills, providing new readings of individual films, analysing recurrent techniques and themes, and relating them to contemporary debates about gender, sexuality, nationality and cinematic spectacle. Powell, with and without Pressburger, emerges as a film-maker of lasting originality and significance.

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