Michael Powell: Interviews

Overview

This collection of interviews with Michael Powell (1905-1990) reveals the mind and the tactics of a master filmmaker who is woefully under-known, even as his films are widely celebrated throughout the world. Martin Scorsese, whom Powell befriended in his later years, considers him a towering genius of cinema. This British filmmaker began his career in the waning years of silent film and spent much of the 1930s directing "quota quickies," low-budget B movies. Later he created some of the most daring and literate ...
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Overview

This collection of interviews with Michael Powell (1905-1990) reveals the mind and the tactics of a master filmmaker who is woefully under-known, even as his films are widely celebrated throughout the world. Martin Scorsese, whom Powell befriended in his later years, considers him a towering genius of cinema. This British filmmaker began his career in the waning years of silent film and spent much of the 1930s directing "quota quickies," low-budget B movies. Later he created some of the most daring and literate films ever made, including The Edge of the World, One of Our Aircraft Is Missing, The Red Shoes, The Tales of Hoffman, Black Narcissus, and Peeping Tom. For much of his work he was teamed with Hungarian-born filmmaker Emeric Pressburger, with whom producer/director Alexander Korda paired him. Charged with brilliance, wit, and jauntiness, Powell's conversations disclose the same intellectual and artistic range that makes his films so rewarding.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578064984
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 3/3/2003
  • Series: Conversations with Filmmakers Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Chronology
Filmography
Desert Island Discs 3
What's Happening to the Movies 7
Artists at Work: Michael Powell and Leo Marks 18
Mr. Michael Powell on Making Horror Films 22
An Interview with Michael Powell 25
Rediscovering Michael Powell 44
Michael Powell: Zoetrope's "Senior Director in Residence" 67
Interview with Michael Powell 71
Michael Powell Interviewed by William K. Everson 79
Powell and Pressburger 105
Midnight Sun Film Festival 134
Michael Powell Q & A 158
A Modest Magician 171
Index 179
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