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Michael Powell with Chris Peachment

Synopsis
Michael Powell is interviewed by Chris Peachment, film editor and critic for ‘Time Out’. The occasion is the publication of Powell’s autobiography which takes him up to 1947, ‘A Life in the Movies’. He discusses his friendship with Emeric Pressburger, which began at a script conference with Alexander Korda, and the formation of their distinctive trademark ‘The Archers’. Powell talks of how he started in films. He touches upon the work of the recently ‘rediscovered’ Bernard Vorhaus and his meeting with Alfred Hitchcock. Several of Powell’s famous films are discussed including THE LIFE AND DEATH OF COLONEL BLIMP, BLACK NARCISSUS, and THE RED SHOES, from which a 5-minute ballet sequence is shown. Some of his other films are also discussed. The programme is not an academic debate and does not thoroughly examine his work.
Series
Writers in Conversation, Series
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video; Videocassette. Standard formats. col. 40 min.
Year of production
1986
Availability
Sale
Uses
General audiences; students of the cinema*
Subjects
Dance; Media studies
Keywords
ballet; biographies; cinema; film directors; Powell, Michael

Production Company

Name

ICA Video

Notes
The ICA Writers in Conversation series are available for sale or free access online from the Roland Collection http://www.roland-collection.com

Distributor

Name

Roland Collection

Email
info@rolandcollection.com
Web
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Phone
01797 230 421
Fax
01797 230 677
Address
Peasmarsh
East Sussex
TN31 6XG
Notes
A collection of hundreds of international documentaries covering all aspects of art including architecture, archaeology, art appreciation and restoration, as well as some programmes on literature and creative writing. For sale on video and DVD or viewing online by annual subscription or pay-per-view.

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