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Powell & Pressburger: Together and Apart

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We present a triple feature of films, two by the legendary British producing-writing-directing duo Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger (The Red Shoes), and a groundbreaking thriller by Powell made after they had parted ways.

Peeping Tom

Michael Powell United Kingdom, 1960

The unique partnership of Powell and Pressburger ended in 1957, and Powell continued to make films by himself. None had as much retroactive impact as this dark thriller and brilliant exploration of voyeurism that bombed in 1960 but has since been recognized for its audacious cinematic self-inquiry.

The Tales of Hoffmann

Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger United Kingdom, 1951

Contrasting yesterday’s restrained noir from Powell & Pressburger, their resplendent E.T.A. Hoffmann adaptation showcases the giddy heights of the duo’s boundless cinematic imagination. Unabashedly gorgeous in its florid combination of theater, dance, music and cinema, it’s a feast for the senses.

The Small Back Room

Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger United Kingdom, 1949

This week we present a triple feature of films, two by the legendary British producing-writing-directing duo Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger (The Red Shoes), and one from after they parted ways. We begin with a tale from the Second World War, taunt and richly suffuse with romance and suspense.

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