Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger took the joint credit "written, produced and directed by" in a unique partnership that produced 19 films, mostly during the 1940s and 50s, including some of British cinema's most enduring and influential masterpieces. While not always critically praised or commercially successful at the time, The Archers – as Powell & Pressburger were known collectively – are now widely acknowledged to have been cinematic visionaries ahead of their time. Filmmakers like Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola and George A. Romero were quick to cite The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943), A Matter of Life and Death (1946) and The Red Shoes (1948) as having a profound effect on their own work, films which continue to astound and enrapture 60 years later in ways too few of today's so-called "cinematic spectacles" can.
We are delighted to present restored A Matter of Life and Death and Black Narcissus in this programme. Print courtesy of British Film Institute.