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The Films of Michael Powell and the Archers - The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series 52 (Hardback)
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The Films of Michael Powell and the Archers - The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series 52 (Hardback)

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Hardback 272 Pages / Published: 19/06/1997
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Michael Powell was introduced to film relatively late in life, and feeling dissatisfied with what British films had to offer, he took his primary influences from American and German films. Emeric Pressburger was a Hungarian emigre who was educated in the German film industry before fleeing from the threat of the Nazi party. These two men of diverse backgrounds would successfully collaborate on 16 films over a period of fifteen years, most often with their identities united as the Archers. The Archers' collaboration began during World War II, where they attempted to identify the causes for which thousands were dying. Following the war, their focus was on art and why it was worth dying for. The results were such classics as Black Narcissus, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, The Red Shoes, and The Tales of Hoffman. The Archers' popularity waned in the mid fifties when the two men seemed to lack focus. Never popular with British critics, they ended their career with a pair of mediocre films that seemed to be shadows of their previous successes.

Publisher: Scarecrow Press
ISBN: 9780810831834
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 599 g
Dimensions: 224 x 165 x 26 mm


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...reliable study along currently orthodox lines, with sagacious observations and some nicely disconcerting insights... * Cineaste *
Salwolke writes with style and grace. Salwolke's bibliography of material on individual films is invaluable. His filmography is extensive, accurate and well worth having. Anyone interested in British cinema, particularly thinking of researching the subject, should be aware of this excellent book. * Historical Journal of Film, Radio, & Television *
A conscientious, well-documented account of Powell's work. * Sight and Sound *
I'm tremendously impressed by your book on Michael Powell. Well written, very interesting, not dry and tedious. Excellent work. -- Thomas Gifford, author of "The Assassini" and "The Wind Factor"
Describes and analyzes the work of Michael Powell and his partner, Emeric Pressburger, who released 16 films in 15 years, from the beginning of their partnership until its end in 1956. * Booknews *
...well-reported...it's great to see Powell receiving his due, and this is a welcome addition to the literature of his very special talents. * American Cinematographer *
A scholarly study of the legendary Red Shoes director and his writer Emeric Pressburger. * Howard Maxford Film Review *

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