Powell and Pressburger: In Their Time and in Ours Day Course

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We are delighted to welcome prolific film historian and writer Ian Christie back to New Park for this day course on an extraordinary film partnership, following his excellent day course on Russian Cinema for our Education programme last October, and his talk on Ingmar Bergman in this year’s International Film Festival.

Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s ‘The Archers’ film company produced many of the outstanding British films of the 1930s-1950s period, including ‘The Spy in Black’ (1939), ‘The Thief of Bagdad’ (1940), ‘49th Parallel’ (1941), ‘One of Our Aircraft is Missing’ (1942), ‘The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp’ (1943), ‘A Canterbury Tale’ (1944), ‘I Know Where I’m Going’ (1945), ‘A Matter of Life and Death’ (1946), ‘Black Narcissus’ (1947), ‘The Red Shoes’ (1948), ‘The Tales of Hoffman’ (1951), ‘The Battle of the River Plate’ (1956) and ‘Peeping Tom’ (1960).

After this extraordinarily productive and well received period, their eminence and reputation faded somewhat, and admiration for Powell and Pressburger was slow to develop after their partnership ended in the mid-1950s. In fact, they were often denigrated during the 60s and 70s, particularly after Powell’s Peeping Tom, which caused an enormous controversy.

This day course will first consider their partnership in the context of the periods before and after WW2, and then look at why they were re-discovered and championed with such enthusiasm in the 1980s by Scorsese among others to become perhaps Britain’s most cherished filmmakers.

Ian Christie organised the first full retrospective of Powell and Pressburger’s work in 1978, wrote the first books about them, and knew both filmmakers during their later years. He is now Professor of Film and Media History at Birkbeck College and at Gresham College
A day not to be missed …

Tickets £10 (Friends £9)

Sat 10 Nov 10:00 – 15:30 (Studio)




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