This Powell and Pressburger classic is widely considered to be one of the greatest films ever made and winner of three Oscars. The Red Shoes contains the first full-length English ballet especially written for the screen. Choreographed by Australian-born Sir Robert Helpmann of the Royal Ballet Company, and partially conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham, the story is based on the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale of a young girl who cannot stop thinking about her red dancing shoes.
From the celebrated Powell And Pressburger comes this artistic masterpiece detailing the experiences of a British officer, Clive Candy, through the trials and tribulations of his army career. During the Boer War, Candy is sent to Berlin to trap a spy. There he befriends a German Officer, Theo, who marries the girl Candy is in love with. During the First World War, Candy marries a girl who resembles her and helps Theo - now a POW - to get repatriated. He comes back in the Second World War as a Brigadier General and once again encounters Theo. He is captured, however, and the two are forced to either aid or betray each other.
From the prestigious Powell And Pressburger team comes a story of learning the difference between money and happiness. Joan Webster leaves her home town to marry a wealthy tenant of a tiny Hebridean island. When there is a storm, however, she is washed towards the Island of Mull. There she meets a new world of people, where there is much happiness but little money. She encounters Torquil, a landowner. The two fall in love, and Joan has to decide for herself where and how her life will be lived. Starring Wendy Hiller, Roger Livesey and Pamela Brown.
Michael Powell's controversial meditation on violence and voyeurism effectively destroyed his career when it was first released, but later generations have come to regard it as a masterpiece. Karl Heinz Boehm stars as Mark, the son of a psychologist who kept a video journal of the boy's upbringing for research purposes. The constant intrusions profoundly affected the boy, who grew up to be a photographer himself; but his principal subject matter consists of women whom he murders before the camera. He then runs the films of his victims in their final throes so that he can study their reactions to death--a perverse extension of his father's experiments, which tormented Mark to analyze his reactions to raw fear. The British press had long been hostile to the unorthodox films of Powell and his partner Emeric Pressburger; when Peeping Tom came around, they used the film to castigate him as "sick" and tawdry. The passage of time has proven Peeping Tom as profound and accomplished as any of Powell's earlier films, and it ranks with Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window (1954) and Vertigo (1958) as a landmark exploration of the links among voyeurism, violence, and male sexual desire. Powell himself plays the evil father in the flashback sequences, and his son Colomba plays Mark as a child.
Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s cinematic adaptation of Jacques Offenbach’s opera, The Tales of Hoffman is one of the most ambitious, extravagant, and visually opulent works by the legendary British directing team. Starring Moira Shearer, Robert Helpmann, Robert Rounseville, Pamela Brown, Ludmilla Tchérina, and Léonide Massine, the film whirls through the opera’s hypnotic tale of a poet whose romantic adventures play out in three distinct episodes. He dreams of three fantasy women – a mechanical doll, a voluptuous seductress, and the ailing daughter of a famous composer – all of whom end up breaking the poet’s heart. The brilliant score, conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham with a masterfully sung libretto, is a fitting counterpart to the dazzling images on screen.
This Powell and Pressburger classic is set in a community of nuns high in the Himalayas. Their spiritual aims are hampered by the arrival of a beautiful native girl and a young general. As the two elope together, the nuns are left attributing blame to each other and, when a young child dies in their care, tensions begin to increase. Winner of two Oscars. Starring Deborah Kerr, Jean Simmons, Flora Robson and Sabu. Photographed in Technicolor by Jack Cardiff.
Laurence Olivier, Leslie Howard and Eric Portman star in this Oscar-winning Powell & Pressberger British wartime classic. Commissioned by the Ministry of Information as a powerful propaganda piece to help end American neutrality, the stars all waved their usual fees to make this absorbing thriller about the survivors from a sunken Nazi U-Boat who are marooned in Canada - but plot to hijack a plane to safety in the USA.
Disillusioned with his shallow New York lifestyle, an aging artist moves to a remote Australian island where he seeks fresh inspiration.
A dramatic and suspenseful WW II action story based on the actual methods by which the Dutch smuggled “crashed” British airmen through Holland to the North Sea and back to England. Six such airmen parachute from their crippled plane into a wood and are discovered by children who take them to a farm where the Dutch question them at length before offering them help. They endure many hairbreadth escapes from the Nazis and quislings before they reach a sea port. There, a heroic woman smuggles them across the sea under the ever-suspicious noses of the Nazis. Their escape is fraught with many dangers and an unexpected turn of events. However, they all return safely to England and more air missions over Germany.
Nino is an Italian journalist who sets off to work for his cousin's newspaper in Sydney, Australia. When he arrives, he finds that his cousin has absconded owing a lot of money to a lot of people. He is determined to pay it back, particularly to Kay, a young girl he has met. As he follows her and attempts to get her attention, he is struck by how strange and hostile the Australians seem to be towards him. He finally meets an Italian family and they befriend him but when Kay sees him kissing one of the women she storms off, believing that they are having an affair. Nino is actually in love with Kay, but due to various misunderstandings, the road to true love is a rather rocky one.
A Canterbury Tale is not a sermon - it is a story about an old custom. Over five hundred years ago, Chaucer wrote his poems about the pilgrims he saw making their way to St Thomas A Beckett’s shine in Canterbury Cathedral, where they went to seek a blessing or to do penance. Through the stories of four modern pilgrims we see that the tradition and spirit of A Canterbury Tale is unchanged.