In this second volume of his memoirs, Michael Powell continues the story of his life, describing his love affairs and two happy marriages. He tells of his battles with film tycoons to prove that art films could be box-office success. After making "Peeping Tom", a film that shocked the world, his career came to an abrupt end, although the film is now considered to be an established classic.
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This outspoken, splendidly rambling memoir is the great British director's (d. 1990) follow-up to his A Life in the Movies. While the earlier volume discusses the making of the eccentric and opulent Red Shoes (1948) and Black Narcissus (1947), Powell chronicles here a career in decline, one bottoming out with the much-derided Peeping Tom (1960), a study of voyeurism to be celebrated only by a later generation of filmmakers-among them Francis Ford Coppola, who serenaded a delighted Powell in a Manhattan restaurant, and Scorsese, who spurred reappraisal of Powell's career. To Powell, Hollywood executives were "chair polishers" myopically focused on the bottom line; he and collaborator Emeric Pressburger, on the other hand, were artists for whom the box-office "grosses are too gross." The book is buoyant and unpretentious, full of affectionate anecdotes about actors Jennifer Jones, Michael Redgrave and Dirk Bogarde; larger-than-life producers Samuel Goldwyn and Alexander Korda; and figures great and obscure-Henri Matisse, Hitchcock, even Powell's beloved dogs, who take over the narration at strategic points-that reflect Powell's exuberance and generosity. Photos not seen by PW.
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When British filmmaker Powell's directing career ended, he turned to writing. The first volume of his memoirs was rapturously received in 1986, not only because it provided the fascinating background to Powell's work, but also for the lively eloquence with which he recounted his life. This follow-up, completed shortly before Powell's death in 1990, is, happily, every bit as diverting and nearly as lengthy. Although when Powell's story resumes, most of his greatest films, such as The Red Shoes and Black Narcissus, are behind him, his account of the tribulations of his less-hailed works and of the frustrations of his many unrealized projects remains fascinating. Powell is justly proud of his successes and bluntly honest regarding commercial and artistic missteps. Happily, he ends on something of an upbeat note, thanks to the recent critical resurgence of his work spurred by Martin Scorsese and other idolizing American directors. Readers who relished the first volume won't need to be encouraged to continue this saga of a career full of wonderful movies and, what's more, of a life well lived. Gordon Flagg
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