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Michael Powell (Great Britain, 1905-1990)

Rynox, (1931)
His Lordship, (1932)
Hotel Splendide, (1932)
The Fire Raisers, (1933)
Red Ensign, (1934)
Something Always Happens, (1934)
The Love Test, (1934)
The Night of the Party, (1934)
Her Last Affaire, (1935)
Lazybones, (1935)
The Phantom Light, (1935)
Crown v. Stevens, (1936)
The Edge of the World, (1937)
The Lion Has Wings, (1939)
The Spy in Black, (1939)
Contraband, (1940)
The Thief of Bagdad, (1940)
49th Parallel, (1941)
An Airman's Letter to His Mother, (1941)
“...One of Our Aircraft Is Missing", (1941)
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, (1943)
The Volunteer, (1943)
A Canterbury Tale, (1944)
I Know Where I'm Going!, (1945)
A Matter of Life and Death, (1946)
Black Narcissus, (1947)
The Red Shoes,  (1948)
The Small Back Room, (1949)
Gone to Earth, (1950)
The Elusive Pimpernel, (1950)
The Tales of Hoffmann, (1951)
Oh... Rosalinda!!, (1955)
The Sorcerer's Apprentice, (1955)
The Battle of the River Plate, (1956)
Ill Met by Moonlight, (1957)
Luna de miel/Honeymoon, (1959)
Peeping Tom, (1960)
The Queen's Guards, (1961)
Bluebeard's Castle/Herzog Blaubarts Burg, (1964)
They're a Weird Mob, (1966)
Age of Consent, (1969)
The Boy Who Turned Yellow, (1972)
Return to the Edge of the World, (1978)

"Images are everything in my films, words are like music for creating emotion". (Michael Powell). Perhaps the fact that he was born in Canterbury (Great Britain, 1905) was an indication that Michael Powell would go on to become one of the greatest "storytellers" in all film history. Michael Powell was already a famous director when he founded, in 1942, and in collaboration with his inseparable friend Emeric Pressburger, the legendary production company, The Archers, about which Martin Scorsese said: "Whenever I see the logo of The Archers appearing on the screen, I know I'm in for something unique, a very special kind of experience". Powell's filmography, whether alone or co-directed with Pressburger, includes a variety of magnificent titles in themselves evoking memories of cinema's best moments: A Matter of Life and Death (1946), Black Narcissus (1947), The Red Shoes (1948) or the magnificent and harrowing Peeping Tom (1959). The comprehensive retrospective offered by the Donostia-San Sebastian Festival, together with the publication of Ian Christie's book, Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger: Arrows of Desire, in its now regular co-operation with Filmoteca Española (Spanish Film Archive), will make it possible to recover these titles while discovering a part of his cinema which had always remained somewhat in the dark.

A regular chapter in the Festival retrospective section has been a cycle dedicated to a classic director, enabling us to appreciate the little or virtually unknown work of such filmmakers as Robert Siodmak, James Whale, William Dieterle, William A. Wellman, Gregory La Cava, Tod Browning, Mitchell Leisen, Mikio Naruse, John M. Stahl, Carol Reed and Frank Borzage.


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