The South Bank Show on legendary film director Michael Powell, shown as a tribute shortly after his death in 1990. “In the South Bank Show’s Michael Powell, the director is characterized as one who ‘… challenges the usual ideas of what British cinema should be.’ And Powell’s own role in the film-portrait is both that of the puckish sage and the darkly self-aware director. Parts of this hour-long film might have been conceived by Powell himself—particularly those parts which place him in dark-humored proximity to projected images from his own work. There is an alluring array of vivid, pristine-looking excerpts from Powell’s films here and they evoke the range of an unusual career—spy thrillers, patriotic films, musical fantasies, celebrations of countryside life and films that turn inward on art, on its images. But Powell’s own remarks also make an extraordinary impression, for here is a man who says, “The sky is the limit. Art is worth dying for.’” —Peter Hogue
Below: Martin Scorsese & Michael Powell on the set of ‘The King Of Comedy’; Francis Ford Coppola & Michael Powell touring Zoetrope Studios.
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