Michael Powell: Interviews (Conversations With Filmmakers Series)

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British filmmaker Michael Powell (1905-1990) began his career assisting director Rex Ingram in the waning years of silent film. Given a boost by Alfred Hitchcock, Powell spent much of the 1930s directing what were known as "quota quickies," low-budget B movies.

Later he created some of the most daring, interesting, and literate films ever made, including The Edge of the World (1937), Peeping Tom (1960), and his work with Hungarian-born filmmaker Emeric Pressburger, with whom producer/director Alexander Korda paired him.

Powell's conversations disclose the same intellectual and artistic range that makes his films so rewarding. This collection of interviews manifests how he imagined himself simultaneously as a classic English gentleman and as a citizen of the world, making films with social conscience about life both in England and abroad.

His expressions are charged with brilliance, wit, and jauntiness as he discusses his work on Thief of Baghdad, One of Our Aircraft Is Missing, The Red Shoes, The Tales of Hoffman, and Black Narcissus, as well as the politics of the British film industry.

He is candid about the controversy surrounding his thriller Peeping Tom (1960). Now regarded as a classic, it was so derided upon its original release that Powell could not direct in the United Kingdom for a decade.

This collection reveals the mind and the tactics of a master filmmaker who is woefully under-known, even as his films are widely celebrated throughout the world. Martin Scorsese, whom Powell befriended in his later years, considers him a towering genius of cinema.

David Lazar, an associate professor of English at Ohio University, senior editor of Hotel Amerika, and editor/publisher of CreativeNonfiction.com, edited Conversations with M. F. K. Fisher (University Press of Mississippi). He is the author of The Body of Brooklyn and his work has appeared in the Houston Chronicle, Aperture, Southwest Review, and many other journals and magazines.

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This collection of interviews reveals the mind and the tactics of a master filmmaker who is woefully under-known, even as his films are widely celebrated throughout the world

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In the introduction to these 13 interviews (many previously unpublished), compiler Lazar calls Powell (1905-90) "one of the least known directors of sound films." The British filmmaker may not be quite that obscure, and yet, while several of his works--notably The Red Shoes and Black Narcissus--have achieved renown, he deserves far greater recognition. Like many a director active in the 1930s and '40s, he spent his last few decades as an elder statesman of cinema, lecturing to students and fans (and serving as advisor and inspiration to Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola), and most of these conversations date from that period. Also, like many of his peers, Powell was a delightfully engaging raconteur. The interviewers are a notch above the ordinary, as well; they include French directors Bertrand Tavernier and Olivier Assayas and film historian William K. Everson, whose informed questions elicit particularly illuminating responses, providing insight into what critic Harlan Kennedy calls "one of the most illustrious careers in British cinema--only David Lean and Alfred Hitchcock left thumbprints as large." Gordon Flagg
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