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Powell and Pressburger

Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger – alias The Archers – worked like tailors, sizing the cloth of their insanely inspiring films so they would cling.

Successive generations try them on and find they still fit, shaped to the British national character but filled with a heart and spectacle which makes them truly, vividly global.

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Powell and Pressburger
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View The Battle of the River Plate
The Battle of the River Plate

The Battle of the River Plate 1956 U

Powell and Pressburger’s biggest commercial success was this rousing retelling of the pursuit of a German battleship by the British Navy during World War II.

119 mins United Kingdom Director. Emeric Pressburger, Michael Powell

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Black Narcissus

Black Narcissus 1947 U

Tensions grow when a group of nuns open a convent in the Himalayas in Powell and Pressburger's remarkable melodrama, starring Deborah Kerr.

100 mins United Kingdom Director. Emeric Pressburger, Michael Powell

View The Boy Who Turned Yellow
The Boy Who Turned Yellow

The Boy Who Turned Yellow 1972 U

A London schoolboy’s surprise transformation marks the final collaboration of great British director Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.

52 mins United Kingdom Director. Michael Powell

View A Canterbury Tale
A Canterbury Tale
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A Canterbury Tale 1944 U

Powell and Pressburger's most personal film combines a Chaucer-inspired pilgrimage with a war-time celebration of English landscape and values to create a gem of British cinema.

124 mins United Kingdom Director. Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger

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Ill Met by Moonlight

Ill Met by Moonlight 1957 U

Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s film of the daring WII raid to capture a German commander, with Dirk Bogarde and Marius Goring.

104 mins United Kingdom

View The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
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The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp 1943 U

Powell and Pressburger’s masterpiece follows the rise and fall of a career soldier, from dashing and brave young officer in the Boer War to a pompous and old-fashioned Colonel by the time of World War Two.

163 mins United Kingdom Director. Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger

View A Matter of Life and Death
A Matter of Life and Death

A Matter of Life and Death 1946 U

Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s timeless romantic fantasy, with David Niven as an airman trapped between life and death.

104 mins United Kingdom Director. Emeric Pressburger, Michael Powell

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Peeping Tom
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Peeping Tom 1960 15

Michael Powell’s dark, disturbing, once controversial tale of a shy camera technician who films women as he kills them is now rightly deemed a classic

101 mins United Kingdom Director. Michael Powell

View The Phantom Light
The Phantom Light

The Phantom Light 1935 PG

Michael Powell’s gothic mystery of a haunted lighthouse where insanity thrives.

72 mins United Kingdom Director. Michael Powell

View The Red Shoes
The Red Shoes

The Red Shoes 1948 U

Moira Shearer’s ballerina is torn between love and her career in Powell and Pressburger’s hugely influential melodrama.

133 mins United Kingdom Director. Emeric Pressburger, Michael Powell

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The Spy in Black

The Spy in Black 1939 U

A masterful thriller with true flair, The Spy In Black has a much larger importance: it threw Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger together for the first time.

77 mins United Kingdom Director. Michael Powell

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