Friday, August 07, 2015

Michael Powell on A Canterbury Tale

This is an extract from a South Bank Show profile of the director Michael Powell, dealing with his and Emeric Pressburger's film A Canterbury Tale. (The whole thing is worth watching.)

As Powell says, A Canterbury Tale was a commercial failure. It was all but lost for decades, known only in a heavily cut version made for the American market. Today its critical stock stands very high.

It is one of my favourite films (even though I was derailed at Chillingbourne a couple of weeks ago) and I seem to have more time for Eric Portman's character than Michael Powell did.

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