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Dedicated to the work of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger and all the other people, both actors and technicians who helped them make those wonderful films.

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Events & Excursions


If you want to join in (or present) any of these, or similar events or excursions, then please email Steve or contact the location mentioned. Similarly, if you would like to submit a report of an event or screening (even if it wasn't listed here) then that can be added to this web site.


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11 & 13 December 2003
Terry Hanstock reports:
The Broadway (Nottingham) has a couple of matinee screenings of Oh... Rosalinda!! on Thursday 11 December and Saturday 13 December

Note: Showing at 1:30 pm on both days.


26 November 2003
Black Narcissus at The Arts Club
A screening of Black Narcissus at
The Arts Club
40 Dover Street
(off Piccadilly)
W1S 4NP

See Steve's report


Nov 2003
A Powell & Pressburger retrospective in Vienna
The Österreichisches Filmmuseum (The Austrian Film Museum)
Augustinerstrasse 1, A-1010 Wien
T +43/1/533 70 54-19
F +43/1/533 70 54-25

Oct 31The Edge of the World
The Red Shoes
Nov 1I Know Where I'm Going!
A Matter of Life and Death
Nov 2The Thief of Bagdad
Black Narcissus
Nov 3The Spy in Black
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
Nov 4Red Ensign
A Canterbury Tale
Nov 5The Phantom Light
Gone to Earth
Nov 6One of Our Aircraft is Missing
(+ An Airman's Letter to his Mother)
The Tales of Hoffmann
Nov 7The Small Back Room
49th Parallel
(+ Smith)
Nov 8Oh ... Rosalinda!!
Contraband
(+ The Volunteer)
Nov 9Herzog Blaubarts Burg
(aka Bluebeard's Castle)
The Edge of the World
I Know Where I'm Going!
Nov 10The Battle of the River Plate
Peeping Tom
Nov 11The Elusive Pimpernel
Ill Met by Moonlight
Nov 12The Spy in Black
The Red Shoes
Nov 13The Thief of Bagdad
A Matter of Life and Death
Nov 15A Canterbury Tale
Nov 16The Tales of Hoffmann
Nov 24The Elusive Pimpernel
Nov 25Oh ... Rosalinda!!
Nov 28The Small Back Room
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
Nov 29Herzog Blaubarts Burg
(aka Bluebeard's Castle)
Peeping Tom
Nov 30Gone to Earth
Black Narcissus

It looks like a good range of films being shown and it would be nice to see Oh ... Rosalinda!! in Vienna, where it was set (but not actually filmed). Sadly, I didn't get much notice of this & I'm busy at work.

See Österreichisches Filmmuseum web site


Oct - Nov 2003
A Michael Powell retrospective
in Hartford, Connecticut

Black Narcissus: Saturday, October 18
I Know Where I'm Going: Sunday, October 19
Stairway to Heaven: Saturday, October 25
Aka A Matter of Life and Death
Edge of the World: Sunday, October 26
Plus An Airman's Letter
Peeping Tom: Saturday, November 1
Thief of Baghdad: Sunday, November 2


Real Art Ways Cinema
56 Arbor Street
Hartford
Connecticut
06106
860/232 1006
info@realartways.org
http://www.realartways.org/cinema.htm#powell


Tuesday November 25 2003
Paul Tritton in Selling
Paul Tritton will be giving his talk about A Canterbury Tale at Selling Village Hall in Selling, Kent.


Sunday 21 September 2003
New book about Jack Cardiff
A new book Conversations with Jack Cardiff by Justin Bowyer is due to be published by Chrysalis Books in September.

The official launch will take place at a screening of A Matter of Life and Death (1946) at the Curzon, Mayfair on Sunday 21st September where Jack will talk and answer questions.

Report on the launch & review of the book


Sunday 31 August 2003
ACT location walk in Chilham
The annual location walk with Paul Tritton and the admirers of A Canterbury Tale. This year we'll be at Chilham and the surrounding area. It's not on the Sunday of the August bank holiday as it usually is. This year Paul suggested we should go on the last Sunday in August because that will be the 60th anniversary of the filming of the scenes on Chilmans Downs (where Alison & Colpeper hid in the grass).

See Details of the location walk


August 2003
Cambridge Arts Picture House
There's a short season of P&P films showing at the Cambridge Arts Picture House in August.
  • IKWIG! - Wednesday 6th August
  • AMOLAD - Wednesday 13th
  • PT - Wednesday 20th
  • SBR - Wednesday 27th
All showing at 2pm.

For more details see the Cambridge Arts Picture House web site.

It'll be especially nice to see The Small Back Room on a reasonable sized screen. Shame they're all at 2pm on a Wednesday - but I could do with some time off.


2 & 7 August 2003
Thief of Bagdad at Brisbane, Australia
The Brisbane International Film Festival will be screening The Thief of Bagdad (1940) and it will be presented by Kevin Powell, Michael's elder son who worked with him on TaWM & AoC and stayed in Australia where he has married and worked on various Australian films.


Sunday 20 July 2003
Thief of Bagdad at the Barbican
They are screening The Thief of Bagdad at the Barbican in London as part of their "Alladeen on Screen" season.
See Barbican web site


28 June - 5 July 2003
Bologna film festival

Date Event
28th June

Official opening of the festival with Thelma Schoonmaker (the widow of Michael Powell and legendary editor for, amongst others, Martin Scorsese

An Airman's Letter to his Mother (1941)

A Matter of Life and Death (1946)

30th June

Oh... Rosalinda!! (1955)
Presented by Thelma Schoonmaker

Smith (1939)
The Volunteer (1943)
Introduced by Thelma Schoonmaker


Saturday June 21 2003
Screening of Luna de Miel (1959) [aka Honeymoon]
Charles Doble, the man who did the restoration, has arranged a screening of Luna de Miel (1959) [aka Honeymoon] in Ashbrittle, Somerset.

See Poster & more details.
See also details of the screening


Friday 16 May 2003
P&P discussed on BBC Radio 4
Great Lives - Stacey Kent on Powell and Pressburger
Each week a living celebrity is invited to nominate one of their heroes, the only condition being that the hero must be dead. With the help of an expert on that person - sometimes a biographer, sometimes someone who knew them - presenter Humphrey Carpenter discusses the Great Life and assesses their importance.

This week Humphrey Carpenter is joined by jazz singer Stacey Kent to explore the lives of film-makers Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger.

Joining them in the studio is film historian Ian Christie to chart the rise, fall and resurgence of The Archers reputation.

See details about the program.
Listen to the program online


1 April - 3 June 2003
Powell & Pressburger in Chicago
Mike Robinson writes:
I thought you might be interested to know that Doc Films in Chicago will be showing 10 programmes of Powell & Pressburger films beginning April 1st and concluding June 3rd. This is advance information, and, although I do not expect any changes, all titles and dates are subject to change until our calendar for the entire quarter is produced. You can also keep an eye on our website at www.docfilms.uchicago.edu

Regards,
Mike Robinson,
Doc Films

April 1st, 2003 7.00 pm The Edge of the World
+ An Airman's Letter to his Mother
Milestone's restoration
April 8th, 2003 7.00 pm 49th Parallel Recently struck print from MGM
courtesy of John Kirk
April 15th, 2003 7.00 pm The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp  
April 22nd, 2003 7.00 pm A Canterbury Tale Recently struck print from MGM
courtesy of John Kirk
April 29th, 2003 7.00 pm I Know Where I'm Going! Recently struck print from MGM
courtesy of John Kirk
May 6th, 2003 7.00 pm A Matter of Life and Death
(aka Stairway to Heaven)
Recently struck print from MGM
courtesy of John Kirk
May 13th, 2003 7.00 pm Black Narcissus Recently struck print from MGM
courtesy of John Kirk
May 20th, 2003 7.00 pm The Red Shoes Recently struck print from MGM
courtesy of John Kirk
May 27th, 2003 7.00 pm The Battle of the River Plate Recently struck print from MGM
courtesy of John Kirk
June 3rd, 2003 7.00 pm Ill Met By Moonlight Recently struck print from MGM
courtesy of John Kirk


11 - 12 February 2003
BN at the NFT
They are screening a nitrate print of Black Narcissus (1947) at the NFT in London on Tue 11th Feb 2003 20:45 NFT2 and Wed 12th Feb 2003 20:40 NFT2

On the 12th there is also An Illustrated Lecture (by NVTA curator David Pierce) 18:20 NFT2 on "The History and Development of Colour".
You can get a joint ticket with the BN screening afterwards.

See NFT programme notes & Steve's comments


4 February 2003
Technicolor lecture at the NFT
Michael Pogorzelski, Director of the [American] Academy Film Archive, presents a history of the Technicolor dye transfer process that set the standard for motion picture colour reproduction for over 40 years. Drawing on the Academy's extensive collection of sample frames and reels from Technicolor films, this lecture will present examples of prints from the 1930s through to the short-lived revival in the late 1990s. Topics include comparison of original prints with modern restorations, and a comparison of 1956 prints of Gigi in Eastmancolour and Technicolor, and a contemporary print from the original negative.

See NFT programme notes & Steve's comments.


30 January 2003
ACT in Manchester
They are screening A Canterbury Tale (1944) at the Cornerhouse in Manchester on Thu 30 Jan 1.40, 6.10


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