Monday, May 04, 2020

Powell and Pressburger’s island stories

This is the third and final lecture in Ian Christie's series The worlds of Powell and Pressburger:
Stories about islands punctuate the careers of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, from Powell’s breakthrough with Edge of the World (1936) to the Hebridean journey of I Know Where I’m Going! (1945), and the final act of their Tales of Hoffmann (1951). 
What can we learn about the imagination of these very different figures by tracing this motif ? This lecture draws on archival sources to show that these films are as rich and complex as art in any medium.

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