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Pressburger

Emeric . 1902--88, Hungarian film writer and producer, living in Britain: best known for his collaboration (1942--57) with Michael Powell. Films include The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943), I Know Where I'm Going (1945), and A Matter of Life and Death (1946)
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John Sweet was a US army sergeant serving in the UK in World War II when he was selected by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger to play the role of Sergeant Bob Johnson.
He said: "It's the place where if you look through film history from the 1940s onwards filmmakers like David Lean (director of Lawrence of Arabia), Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger (together these made the 49th Parallel and The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp) and Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliat (together these worked on movies like The Lady Vanishes and The Rake's Progress) were doing their most impressive work at Pinewood Studios.
Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger were behind some of the most celebrated British films of their era such as The Life And Death Of Colonel Blimp, Black Narcissus, The Red Shoes and A Matter Of Life And Death.
Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, The Battle of the River Plate recounts the events surrounding the sinking of the German pocket battleship, Graf Spee, outside Montevideo in 1939.
Nunthorpe Players are hosting a premiere production of A Matter of Life and Death, a play specially adapted from the Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger 1946 film starring David Niven and Kim Hunter.
However, the film's writers and producers, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, created a completely different story --taking the main character, Major General Clive Lynne-Candy (Roger Livesey) through the Boer War and the Great War.
Such finds clearest expression in Powell's filmmaking through his notion of the 'composed film', in which 'music, emotion and acting made a complete whole, of which the music was the master' (2)--an approach that, while essayed during the conclusion of Black Narcissus (Powell and Emeric Pressburger, 1947) and 'The Ballet of the Red Shoes' sequence in The Red Shoes (Powell and Pressburger, 1948), was, for Powell, 'finally achieved' in The Tales of Hoffmann (Powell and Pressburger, 1951).
Yet, like Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger in fictional cinema, the ostensible purpose of the work was rendered complex by a poetic strain.
Directed and produced in glorious Technicolor by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger in 1948, the film was in turn based upon Hans Christian Andersen's dark tale of a girl doomed to an eternal dance as punishment for wearing red shoes to church.
The film, made by the British-based director-writer team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, was shot in colour but came out in the United States in black and white, retitled The Fighting Pimpernel.
Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, the UK film stars Deborah Kerr, Sabu, Jean Simmons, David Farrar, Flora Robson and Kathleen Byron.
Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, The Red Shoes (U) is about to be rereleased nationwide but you can see it at the Electric from Friday 18 to Wednesday 23 at 9pm, except Saturday 19 when it will screen at 6.

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