The Wonderful Worlds of Powell & Pressburger

Following on from my review of The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, here’s a piece I wrote for Take One about its writers/producers/directors, Powell and Pressburger:

There’s a moment in A CANTERBURY TALE (1944), one of the less celebrated films in the oeuvre of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, which neatly sums up their importance in the history of British cinema. As the film begins, a group of medieval travellers are riding down Pilgrims’ Way to Canterbury, journeying to the grave of Thomas Becket. Up above, a hawk flies through the sky as his keeper watches below. As the camera follows the bird, the film cuts from one flying object to another – the hawk becomes a Spitfire, roaring loudly through the air, watched by a soldier below; and we have travelled through 600 years of English history in the blink of an eye. Below, a modern group of pilgrims are making their way to Canterbury, but this time they are servicemen and women, making their way to their respective positions in the war effort.

Full article: The Wonderful Worlds of Powell & Pressburger | TAKE ONE


Published by Gavin Midgley

Freelance film journalist, blogger and geek.

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