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    DIRECTOR FILMOGRAPHY - The Films of MICHAEL POWELL & EMERIC PRESSBURGER

    Rank ‘em, rate ‘em, review ‘em or whatever.

    MICHAEL POWELL & EMERIC PRESSBURGER

    Return to the Edge of the World (1978)
    The Boy Who Turned Yellow (1972)
    Age of Consent (1969)
    They're a Weird Mob (1966)
    Bluebeard's Castle (1964)
    The Queen's Guards (1961)
    Peeping Tom (1960)
    Honeymoon (1959)
    Ill Met by Moonlight (1957) (with Emeric Pressburger)
    The Battle of the River Plate (1956) (with Emeric Pressburger)
    Oh... Rosalinda!! (1955) (with Emeric Pressburger)
    The Sorcerer's Apprentice (1955)
    The Wild Heart (1952) (with Emeric Pressburger)
    The Tales of Hoffmann (1951) (with Emeric Pressburger)
    Gone to Earth (1950) (with Emeric Pressburger)
    The Elusive Pimpernel (1950) (with Emeric Pressburger)
    The Small Back Room (1949) (with Emeric Pressburger)
    The Red Shoes (1948) (with Emeric Pressburger)
    Black Narcissus (1947) (with Emeric Pressburger)
    A Matter of Life and Death (1946) (with Emeric Pressburger)
    I Know Where I'm Going! (1945) (with Emeric Pressburger)
    A Canterbury Tale (1944) (with Emeric Pressburger)
    The Volunteer (1943) (with Emeric Pressburger)
    The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943) (with Emeric Pressburger)
    One of Our Aircraft Is Missing (1942) (with Emeric Pressburger)
    49th Parallel (1941)
    An Airman's Letter to His Mother (1941)
    The Thief of Bagdad (1940)
    Contraband (1940)
    The Lion Has Wings (1939)
    The Spy in Black (1939)
    Smith (1939)
    The Edge of the World (1937)
    The Man Behind the Mask (1936)
    Crown Vs. Stevens (1936)
    The Brown Wallet (1936)
    Her Last Affaire (1936)
    Someday (1935)
    The Price of a Song (1935)
    The Phantom Light (1935)
    The Night of the Party (1935)
    The Love Test (1935)
    Lazybones (1935)
    The Girl in the Crowd (1935)
    Something Always Happens (1934)
    Red Ensign (1934)
    The Fire Raisers (1934)
    Born Lucky (1933)
    His Lordship (1932)
    C.O.D. (1932)
    Hotel Splendide (1932)
    The Star Reporter (1932)
    Rynox (1932)
    The Rasp (1932)
    My Friend the King (1932)
    Two Crowded Hours (1931)
    Riviera Revels (1928)
     
  2. Jim_K

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    Ratings out of [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]


    MICHAEL POWELL (1905 - 1990)


    Return to the Edge of the World (1978)
    The Boy Who Turned Yellow (1972)
    Age of Consent (1969) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    They're a Weird Mob (1966) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Bluebeard's Castle (1964)
    The Queen's Guards (1961)
    Peeping Tom (1960) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Honeymoon (1959)
    49th Parallel (1941) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    An Airman's Letter to His Mother (1941) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Thief of Bagdad (1940) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Contraband (1940) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Lion Has Wings (1939) [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Spy in Black (1939)
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    Smith (1939)
    The Edge of the World (1937) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Man Behind the Mask (1936)
    Crown Vs. Stevens (1936) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Brown Wallet (1936)
    Her Last Affaire (1936)
    Someday (1935)
    The Price of a Song (1935)
    The Phantom Light (1935) [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Night of the Party (1935)
    The Love Test (1935)
    Lazybones (1935)
    The Girl in the Crowd (1935)
    Something Always Happens (1934) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Red Ensign (1934) [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Fire Raisers (1934) [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Born Lucky (1933)
    His Lordship (1932)
    C.O.D. (1932)
    Hotel Splendide (1932)
    The Star Reporter (1932)
    Rynox (1932)
    The Rasp (1932)
    My Friend the King (1932)
    Two Crowded Hours (1931)
    Riviera Revels (1928)


    MICHAEL POWELL (1905 - 1990) & EMERIC PRESSBURGER (1902 - 1988)


    Ill Met by Moonlight (1957) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Battle of the River Plate (1956) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Oh... Rosalinda!! (1955) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Sorcerer's Apprentice (1955) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Wild Heart (1952)
    The Tales of Hoffmann (1951) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Gone to Earth (1950) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Elusive Pimpernel (1950) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Small Back Room (1949) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Red Shoes (1948) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Black Narcissus (1947) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    A Matter of Life and Death (1946) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    I Know Where I'm Going! (1945)
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    A Canterbury Tale (1944) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Volunteer (1943) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    One of Our Aircraft Is Missing (1942) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    Return to the Edge of the World (1978)
    The Boy Who Turned Yellow (1972) [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Age of Consent (1969) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] (Own the DVD)
    They're a Weird Mob (1966)
    Bluebeard's Castle (1964)
    The Queen's Guards (1961)
    Peeping Tom (1960) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] (Own the DVD)
    Honeymoon (1959)
    Ill Met by Moonlight (1957) (with/Emeric Pressburger) [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Battle of the River Plate (1956) (with/Emeric Pressburger) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Oh... Rosalinda!! (1955) (with/Emeric Pressburger)
    The Sorcerer's Apprentice (1955) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] (Own the DVD)
    The Wild Heart (1952) (with/Emeric Pressburger)
    The Tales of Hoffmann (1951) (with/Emeric Pressburger) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] (Own the DVD)
    Gone to Earth (1950) (with/Emeric Pressburger) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] (Own the DVD)
    The Elusive Pimpernel (1950) (with/Emeric Pressburger) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Small Back Room (1949) (with/Emeric Pressburger)
    The Red Shoes (1948) (with/Emeric Pressburger) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] (Own the DVD)
    Black Narcissus (1947) (with/Emeric Pressburger) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] (Own the DVD)
    A Matter of Life and Death (1946) (with/Emeric Pressburger) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] (Own the DVD)
    I Know Where I'm Going! (1945) (with/Emeric Pressburger) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] (Own the DVD)
    A Canterbury Tale (1944) (with/Emeric Pressburger) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] (Own the DVD)
    The Volunteer (1943) (with/Emeric Pressburger) (Own the DVD, haven't watched it yet)
    The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943) (with/Emeric Pressburger) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] (Own the DVD)
    One of Our Aircraft Is Missing (1942) (with/Emeric Pressburger) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    49th Parallel (1941) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] (Own the DVD)
    An Airman's Letter to His Mother (1941)
    The Thief of Bagdad (1940) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] (Own the DVD)
    Contraband (1940)
    The Lion Has Wings (1939) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] (Own the DVD)
    The Spy in Black (1939)
    Smith (1939)
    The Edge of the World (1937) (Own the DVD, haven't watched it yet)
    The Man Behind the Mask (1936)
    Crown Vs. Stevens (1936)
    The Brown Wallet (1936)
    Her Last Affaire (1936)
    Someday (1935)
    The Price of a Song (1935)
    The Phantom Light (1935)
    The Night of the Party (1935)
    The Love Test (1935)
    Lazybones (1935)
    The Girl in the Crowd (1935)
    Something Always Happens (1934)
    Red Ensign (1934)
    The Fire Raisers (1934)
    Born Lucky (1933)
    His Lordship (1932)
    C.O.D. (1932)
    Hotel Splendide (1932)
    The Star Reporter (1932)
    Rynox (1932)
    The Rasp (1932)
    My Friend the King (1932)
    Two Crowded Hours (1931)
    Riviera Revels (1928)

    Seen 19
    Own 16
     
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    Peeping Tom (1960) [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Battle of the River Plate (1956) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Red Shoes (1948) [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Black Narcissus (1947) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    A Matter of Life and Death (1946) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    49th Parallel (1941) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Thief of Bagdad (1940)
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    Rankings

    1)The Thief of Bagdad (1940)
    2)A Matter of Life and Death
    3)Black Narcissus
    4)Battle of the River Plate
    5)49th Parallel


    Average Rating 3.5 out of 5
     
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    This one is difficult. There are 2 films I'm sure I've seen, though it's been so long I remember only a general feeling of liking (A Matter of Life & Death) or a general feeling of not liking (Thief of Bagdad). In addition, I'm almost positive I've seen some others I'm not listing, but can't remember enough about those to even hazard a guess.

    MICHAEL POWELL

    Seen: 5+
    Like: 2?
    Own: 1

    Rank order (approximate):

    A Matter of Life and Death (1946)
    The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)
    The Thief of Bagdad (1940)
    Black Narcissus (1947)
    The Red Shoes (1948)
     
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    MICHAEL POWELL & (EMERIC PRESSBURGER)


    The Red Shoes (1948) (with/Emeric Pressburger) - [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] - stunning in nitrate dye transfer
    Black Narcissus (1947) (with/Emeric Pressburger) - [​IMG][​IMG]1/2 - really should sit down and watch again, this time the DVD
    A Matter of Life and Death - [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] - just perfect from beginning to end. on second viewing, now a top 20 film
    The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943) (with/Emeric Pressburger) - [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] - bloody, blustering, buffonery brilliant!
    Thief of Baghdad - [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] - silly effects and story nonetheless this is a delightful and rich story marvelously told
    49th Parallel - [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] - a truly remarkable film that progresses and improves from moment to moment so that you don't think it could better and it keeps getting better.
    Edge of the world - [​IMG][​IMG] - marginal and dull film that feels longer than Colonel Blimp, but barely makes ninety minutes.


    Ranking:
    1. A Matter of Life and Death
    2. 49th Parallel
    3. Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
    4. The Red Shoes
    5. Thief of Baghdad
    6. Black Narcissus
    7. Edge of the World
     
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    I would love to be able to see more Archers and Powell films, though I haven't tried as hard as I could. Most want to see Oh...Rosalinda!.

    *1. The Red Shoes - A (top 25-30, seen on film at an outdoor amphitheatre in LA)
    *2. Peeping Tom - A
    *3. The Life And Death Of Colonel Blimp - A
    5. I Know Where I'm Going! - A
    *6. A Canterbury Tale - A-
    *7. Gone To Earth - A-
    *8. Black Narcissus - A-
    9. A Matter of Life and Death - B+
    10. The Tales of Hoffmann - B+
    11. The Edge of the World - B+
    12. The Small Back Room - B+
    13. The Sorceror's Apprentice - B+
    (13m version included on Criterion DVD of Hoffmann. Text states that the original version was 30m but doesn't say if the 13m version is the only way the film exists today or not)
    14. The Thief of Bagdad - B
    15. 49th Parallel - B
    16. The Battle of the River Plate - B
    17. Return to the Edge of the World - B
    18. An Airman's Letter to His Mother - C+


    Own - 6 (still need to buy I Know Where I'm Going! one of these days.)
     
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    Return to the Edge of the World (1978)
    The Boy Who Turned Yellow (1972)
    Age of Consent (1969)
    They're a Weird Mob (1966)
    Bluebeard's Castle (1964)
    The Queen's Guards (1961)
    Peeping Tom (1960)
    Honeymoon (1959)
    Ill Met by Moonlight (1957) (with/Emeric Pressburger)
    The Battle of the River Plate (1956) (with/Emeric Pressburger)
    Oh... Rosalinda!! (1955) (with/Emeric Pressburger)
    The Sorcerer's Apprentice (1955)
    The Wild Heart (1952) (with/Emeric Pressburger)
    The Tales of Hoffmann (1951) (with/Emeric Pressburger)
    Gone to Earth (1950) (with/Emeric Pressburger)
    The Elusive Pimpernel (1950) (with/Emeric Pressburger)
    The Small Back Room (1949) (with/Emeric Pressburger)
    The Red Shoes (1948) (with/Emeric Pressburger)
    Black Narcissus (1947) (with/Emeric Pressburger)
    A Matter of Life and Death (1946) (with/Emeric Pressburger)
    I Know Where I'm Going! (1945)
    (with/Emeric Pressburger)
    A Canterbury Tale (1944) (with/Emeric Pressburger)
    The Volunteer (1943) (with/Emeric Pressburger)
    The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943) (with/Emeric Pressburger)
    One of Our Aircraft Is Missing (1942) (with/Emeric Pressburger)
    49th Parallel (1941)
    An Airman's Letter to His Mother (1941)
    The Thief of Bagdad (1940)
    Contraband (1940)

    The Lion Has Wings (1939)
    The Spy in Black (1939)
    Smith (1939)
    The Edge of the World (1937)
    The Man Behind the Mask (1936)
    Crown Vs. Stevens (1936)
    The Brown Wallet (1936)
    Her Last Affaire (1936)
    Someday (1935)
    The Price of a Song (1935)
    The Phantom Light (1935)
    The Night of the Party (1935)
    The Love Test (1935)
    Lazybones (1935)
    The Girl in the Crowd (1935)
    Something Always Happens (1934)
    Red Ensign (1934)
    The Fire Raisers (1934)
    Born Lucky (1933)
    His Lordship (1932)
    C.O.D. (1932)
    Hotel Splendide (1932)
    The Star Reporter (1932)
    Rynox (1932)
    The Rasp (1932)
    My Friend the King (1932)
    Two Crowded Hours (1931)
    Riviera Revels (1928)


    Bolded films I've seen.
     
  10. Kirk Tsai

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    Ranking:

    1. The Red Shoes
    2. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
    3. I Know Where I'm Going!
    4. Black Narcissus
    5. Peeping Tom
    6. A Canterbury Tale
     
  11. Mario Gauci

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    In order of merit:


    1. A Matter of Life and Death (1946) (with/Emeric Pressburger) ****
    2. The Red Shoes (1948) (with/Emeric Pressburger) ****
    3. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943) (with/Emeric Pressburger) ****
    4. Black Narcissus (1947) (with/Emeric Pressburger) ****
    5. The Thief of Bagdad (1940) ****
    6. 49th Parallel (1941) ***1/2
    7. The Small Back Room (1949) (with/Emeric Pressburger) ***1/2
    8. I Know Where I'm Going! (1945) (with/Emeric Pressburger) ***1/2
    9. Peeping Tom (1960) ***1/2
    10.A Canterbury Tale (1944) (with/Emeric Pressburger) ***
    11.The Spy in Black (1939) ***
    12.The Tales Of Hoffmann (1951) ***
    13.One of Our Aircraft Is Missing (1942) (with/Emeric Pressburger) ***
    14.The Edge of the World (1937) ***
    15.Ill Met by Moonlight (1957) (with/Emeric Pressburger) **1/2
    16.The Battle of the River Plate (1956) (with/Emeric Pressburger) **1/2
    17.The Phantom Light (1935) **1/2
    18.Return to the Edge of the World (1978) **1/2
    19.Red Ensign (1934) **


    It's quite sad that Powell's career fell apart after the breaking up of his partnership with Pressburger but there's enough magic in those Archers films to make anyone envious.

    I have a few Powell/Pressburgers films in my unwatched DVDs pile - THE LIFE AND DEATH OF COLONEL BLIMP, BLACK NARCISSUS and PEEPING TOM - and I've yet to pick up THE EDGE OF THE WORLD, CONTRABAND (1940) and I KNOW WHERE I'M GOING!.

    Anyway, I wouldn't mind watching GONE TO EARTH (1948), THE ELUSIVE PIMPERNEL (1950) and OH, ROSALINDA! (1955), either.
     
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    updated with the wonderful "A Matter of Life and Death"
     
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    I simply have to see more films from this famous duo.

    I love Black Narcissus mostly for it's amazing cinematography (I saw the ending coming a mile away).

    Didn't care for The Red Shoes at all.
     
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    Gone to Earth (1950) (with/Emeric Pressburger) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] (Own the DVD)
     
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    The Tales of Hoffmann - B+
    The Sorceror's Apprentice - B+
    (13m version included on Criterion DVD of Hoffmann. Text states that the original version was 30m but doesn't say if the 13m version is the only way the film exists today or not)
     
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    Updated Master list...............................
     
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    Edge of the World - [​IMG][​IMG]

    pppttt, not interested, and I'm always interested in old cultures and what not, this is boring.

    49th Parallel - [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

    As the film progresses it keeps getting better and better. I didn't know it was Lawrence Olivier until I saw the credits but I utterly loved the character he played, and the Leslie Howard part was truly and absolutely amazing. The bits in the christian commune were spellbinding and the end to that sequence ripped me up. Then there is the final bit with Raymond Massey that was quite simply some of the best stuff in the film.

    Want to watch this film again, right now. Incredible, incredible, incredible filmmaking team, this and Matter of Life and Death, and Colonel Blimp and Red Shoes, I salute them. [​IMG] Wow.

    Adam
     
  18. Kirk Tsai

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    I have just seen Peeping Tom, and noticed that Pressburger was no longer credited with Powell. Anyone with a brief summary on their fallout?
     
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    I don't think they had a falling out, they just decided to go separate ways for the most part - they did collaborate later on a couple of films.
     
  20. Brook K

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    The Edge of the World - B+

    Return to the Edge of the World - B
    (23m short with Powell, John Laurie and a few other crew members returning to the island to reminisce with the villagers and provide a picture of what the island is like now.)

    An Airman's Letter to his Mother - C+ (5m propaganda short of a mother reading a letter from her son sent before he was killed in combat. The gist of the letter being "you were a great Mom, don't be sad because I died for my country")
     

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