12A
2hrs 13mins

The great Martin Scorsese narrates this impassioned retrospective documentary of filmmaking luminaries Powell & Pressburger, celebrating their extraordinary filmography (The Red Shoes, A Matter of Life and Death) and exploring his own sincere admiration for their work and creative partnership.

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David Hinton
12A
Documentary
Moderate threat, violence, sex references
English

Producing, writing, and directing, Powell and Pressburger created some of the great classics of the British Golden Age including The Red Shoes, Black Narcissus, A Matter of Life and Death and The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp.

In the words of Martin Scorsese, their films were “grand, poetic, wise, adventurous, headstrong, enraptured by beauty, deeply romantic, and completely uncompromising”. This film is an unparalleled exploration of their genius.

Scorsese takes the audience on a personal journey as we hear how, from a young age he was captivated by their films, how they helped shape his own filmmaking and how a later friendship with Michael Powell left an unforgettable mark on his own life.

Directed by two-time BAFTA and Emmy-winning David Hinton, this is Scorsese’s personal and moving look at two of British cinema’s greatest filmmakers. Brought to life with a treasure trove of rare archival material from the personal collections of Powell, Pressburger and Scorsese, the story is told using diaries, audio recordings, home movies, personal snapshots and of course the films themselves.

 


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“Martin Scorsese, who helped rescue the British film-makers’ work from obscurity, is the perfect person to discuss their unique and now beloved work”
Peter Bradshaw (The Guardian)