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Submitted by Roger Mellor

The Small Back Room (1949)
"Radio Times" film guide

Director - Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
Screenplay - Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
Producers - Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
Starring - David Farrar
Running Time - 102 mins
Country of Origin - UK

After the sumptuous theatrics of Black Narcissus and The Red Shoes, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger returned to the muted naturalism of their earlier collaborations for this adaptation of Nigel Balchin's novel about scientists feeling the strain in wartime. The pair were obviously uninspired by the lengthy passages of chat in which the backroom boffins bicker about their latest inventions. But they hit true to form with the surreal sequence in which David Farrar's disillusioned hero loses himself in alcoholic oblivion and the bomb disposal finale, which is given an unbearable tension by their masterful use of camera angles and cutting.

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