A Life in Movies by Michael Powell

This episode of Backlisted is devoted to A Life in Movies (1986), the first volume of memoirs of the filmmaker Michael Powell who, with his partner Emeric Pressburger, is responsible for some of the finest, most magical and soulful films ever to come out of the UK: The Life and Death of Colonel BlimpBlack NarcissusThe Red Shoes, and many more. Joining us for a discussion of Powell’s life and work – and his vision of cinema as a space in which all the other arts may find expression – are memoirist and critic James Cook and film writer and academic Melanie Williams. We focus on four productions of the Archers that between them tell the story of Powell and Pressburger’s achievement: The Spy in BlackA Matter of Life and Death“I Know Where I’m Going!” and Gone to Earth. If for some reason you have yet to see these films, or any of Michael Powell’s work, set aside some time for your next personal obsession. You’ll be glad you did.

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