Englishman Michael Powell and Hungarian émigré Emeric Pressburger formed one of history’s most inventive, influential partnerships. As ‘The Archers’ through the 1940-1950s, they worked with the best designers, cinematographers and performers to make nuanced, stylised, aesthetic and cutting-edge films. Their famous ‘target’ logo signals challenge and surprise and this season of eight key works celebrates their achievement.
Listen to the music from and inspired by the film season here.
Curated by Andrew Moor, Reader in Cinema History, MMU and Rachel Hayward, Head of Film Strategy at HOME.
Andrew Moor is Reader in Cinema History at Manchester Metropolitan University. He is the author of Powell and Pressburger: A Cinema of Magic Spaces (I.B. Tauris, 2005) and co-editor with Ian Christie of Michael Powell: International Perspectives on an English Film-maker (British Film Institute, 2005).
Cinema Unbound: The Creative Worlds of Powell + Pressburger is a UK-wide film season supported by National Lottery and BFI Film Audience Network. bfi.org.uk/powell-and-pressburger.
In this season
This discussion between Pamela Hutchinson and Andrew Moor will begin with some thoughts about the importance of The Red Shoes , the film which brings…
Previously in this season
Black Narcissus is one of Powell and Pressburger’s richest films, layered with subtext. This event will attempt to unpack Black Narcissus in terms of race,…
Powell and Pressburger’s most imaginative Technicolor foray into wartime cinema. Airman Peter Carter’s (David Niven’s) should be dead, but a Heavenly messenger fails to claim…
The Edge of the World was Michael Powell’s first real solo project took him to Foula, a remote Scottish island, to craft this romantic tale…
In this introductory talk, Andrew Moor traces Powell and Pressburger’s lifelines to the point when they converge: October 1938 in Alexander Korda’s office at London…