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Thursday Nights at the Cinematheque Fall Calendar

Theatre marquee with words: Featured in Fall 2014 -- THURSDAY NIGHTS AT THE CINEMATHEQUE   -- The films of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger --

 

Michael Powell and Emeric PressburgerThough The Red Shoes is possibly the most popular and visually entrancing dance film of all time, the producing, directing, and writing team of the British Michael Powell and the Hungarian Emeric Pressburger created numerous other odes to the power of art and the imagination, always going against the realist strain of British cinema. Known by the name of their production company, the Archers, Powell and Pressburger forged a working alliance that lasted from the late thirties to the early seventies, and from the anti-Nazi propaganda of 49th Parallel and the astoundingly designed and edited epic The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp to the erotic, magical excesses of A Canterbury Tale, I Know Where I’m Going!, Black Narcissus, and The Tales of Hoffmann. The duo were never as successful on their own as with each other, though Powell’s controversial Peeping Tom remains one of the most subversive and disturbing films ever made.
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CONTRABAND poster

Thurs, August 28 
-- 7 PM

MICHAEL POWELL and EMERIC PRESSBURGER

Contraband (1940), 92 mins.

One of the classic early collaborations between the British director-writer team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, Contraband is an entertaining espionage thriller set in London during the first year of World War II. Also known as Blackout for its U.S. release.

49th Parallel poster

Thurs, September 4
 -- 7 PM

MICHAEL POWELL and EMERIC PRESSBURGER

49th Parallel (1941), 123 mins.

A Nazi U-boat crew is stranded in Canada and must make its way across the border into the still-neutral United States. 49th Parallel is at once a compelling piece of anti-isolationist propaganda and a quick-witted wartime thriller from the team of Powell and Pressburger.

One of Our Aircraft is Missing poster 

Thurs, September 11 -- 7 PM

MICHAEL POWELL and EMERIC PRESSBURGER

One of Our Aircraft is Missing (1942), 102 mins.

One of Our Aircraft is Missing is the first film Powell and Pressburger made under the banner of their joint production company, The Archers. Echoing the plot of their previous film, here British pilots are caught behind enemy lines and must make their way to safety.

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp poster
Thurs, September 18
 -- 7 PM

MICHAEL POWELL and EMERIC PRESSBURGER

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943), 163 mins.

Considered by many to be the finest British film ever made, Powell and Pressburger’s Colonel Blimp is a stirring cinematic masterpiece like no other. An emotional and slyly satirical film about war, love, aging, and obsolescence, shot in glorious Technicolor.

A Canterbury Tale poster

Thurs, September 25 -- 7 PM

MICHAEL POWELL and EMERIC PRESSBURGER

A Canterbury Tale (1944), 124 mins.

A Canterbury Tale is set in the English countryside during the tumult of the Second World War and follows three modern day incarnations of Chaucer’s pilgrims. The film builds to a majestic climax that ranks as one of Powell and Pressburger’s greatest achievements.

I Know Where I'm Going! poster

Thurs, October 2 
-- 7 PM

MICHAEL POWELL and EMERIC PRESSBURGER

I Know Where I’m Going! (1945), 91 mins.

In Powell and Pressburger’s stunningly photographed comedy, I Know Where I’m Going!, a headstrong young woman travels to remote Scotland to marry a rich lord. Stranded by stormy weather, she meets a handsome naval officer who threatens her carefully laid plans.

A Matter of Life and Death poster

Thurs, October 9 -- 7 PM

MICHAEL POWELL and EMERIC PRESSBURGER

A Matter of Life and Death (1946), 104 mins.

Originally released in the U.S. under the title Stairway to Heaven, Powell and Pressburger create a special effects masterpiece in the World War II romantic fantasy A Matter of Life and Death. Considered by many critics to be among the greatest of all British films.

In Black Narcissus, a group of nuns struggle to establish a convent in the Himalayas, while forces conspire to drive the missionaries mad. This explosive work about the conflict between the spirit and the flesh is the epitome of Powell and Pressburger’s sensuous style.

Thurs, October 16 -- 7 PM

MICHAEL POWELL and EMERIC PRESSBURGER

Black Narcissus (1947), 100 mins.

In Black Narcissus, a group of nuns struggle to establish a convent in the Himalayas, while forces conspire to drive the missionaries mad. This explosive work about the conflict between the spirit and the flesh is the epitome of Powell and Pressburger’s sensuous style. 

The Red Shoes poster

Thurs, October 23 -- 7 PM

MICHAEL POWELL and EMERIC PRESSBURGER

The Red Shoes (1948), 133 mins.

Powell and Pressburger’s quintessential backstage drama is also one of the most glorious Technicolor feasts ever brought to the screen. Featuring a dramatic and hallucinatory central dance sequence, The Red Shoes stands as a beautiful tribute to the life of an artist.

The Small Back Room poster

Thurs, October 30 -- 7 PM

MICHAEL POWELL and EMERIC PRESSBURGER

The Small Back Room (1949), 106 mins. 

The Small Back Room details the professional and personal travails of a troubled research scientist and military bomb-disposal expert. Deftly mixing suspense and romance, Powell and Pressburger’s moody and crackling character study is an atmospheric post-war gem.

Gone to Earth poster

Thurs, November 6
 -- 7 PM

MICHAEL POWELL and EMERIC PRESSBURGER

Gone to Earth (1950), 110 mins..

Significantly changed for the U.S. release by David O. Selznick and retitled The Wild Heart, Powell and Pressburger’s romantic drama Gone to Earth tells the story of a tempestuous Welsh gypsy maid who ultimately faces a struggle for her body and soul.

The Tales of Hoffmann poster

Thurs, November 13 -- 7 PM

MICHAEL POWELL and EMERIC PRESSBURGER

The Tales of Hoffmann (1951), 128 mins.

Powell and Pressburger create a phantasmagoric marriage of cinema and opera in this unique take on a classic story. The Tales of Hoffman is a feverishly romantic mix of music, dance, and visual effects, and one of the most exhilarating opera films ever produced.

The Battle of the River Plate poster

Thurs, November 20 -- 7 PM

MICHAEL POWELL and EMERIC PRESSBURGER

The Battle of the River Plate (1956), 119 mins.

Widely regarded as one of the best and most intelligent British war dramas of the 1950s, Powell and Pressburger’s The Battle of the River Plate is the story of Britain’s first significant naval victory in World War II. Released in the U.S. as Pursuit of the Graf Spee.

Ill Met by Moonlight poster

Thurs, December 4 -- 7 PM

MICHAEL POWELL and EMERIC PRESSBURGER

Ill Met by Moonlight (1957), 102 mins.

Ill Met by Moonlight is set during World War II on the island of Crete and tells the story of two British officers whose job it is to kidnap a Nazi general. Also known as Night Ambush in the U.S., Powell and Pressburger’s superb war film is among their final collaborations.

Peeping Tom poster

Thurs, December 11 -- 7 PM

MICHAEL POWELL

Peeping Tom (1960), 101 mins.

A frank exploration of voyeurism and violence, Michael Powell’s extraordinary Peeping Tom is the story of a psychopathic cameraman set on murderous revenge. Initially reviled for its deeply unsettling subject matter, the film has since been hailed as a masterpiece.