Powell and Pressburger: A Cinema of Magic Spaces (Cinema and Society Series)

Powell and Pressburger: A Cinema of Magic Spaces (Cinema and Society Series)

by Andrew Moor
     
 

The filmmaking partnership of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger was one of the most remarkable and visionary in cinema. They made an extraordinary range of films, from The Spy in Black and The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp to A Canterbury Tale and The Red Shoes. With champions like Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola, and

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The filmmaking partnership of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger was one of the most remarkable and visionary in cinema. They made an extraordinary range of films, from The Spy in Black and The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp to A Canterbury Tale and The Red Shoes. With champions like Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola, and revived critical interest worldwide, they now find new generations of admirers. This illuminating new book looks closely at these classic films to explore their complex relationship to national identity, and their developing interest in exile, borderlands, utopias, escapism, art and fantasy. Moor reveals how the visual imagery of the films of World War II question current cinematic styles and how post-war films like The Red Shoes and The Tales of Hoffman--in their highly expressive use of design, music and dance--are international in character.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781850439479
Publisher:
I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
Publication date:
06/11/2005
Series:
Cinema and Society
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 9.44(h) x 1.12(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Magic Spaces: Migration, Home and the National
• Alien Territories and Enemy Lines - The Spy in Black, Contraband, 49th Parallel, '....one of our aircraft is missing'
• Satire Epic and Memory - The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
• Two Pastorals - A Canterbury Tale, I Know Where I'm Going
• Post-war Masculinities: The Pilot and the Backroom Boy - A Matter of Life and Death
• Post-war Femininities: Mopu, Madness and Melodrama - Black Narcissus
• Art and Artists - The Red Shoes, The Tales of Hoffmann
• Bibliography
• Index

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