Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger

Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger

6 Episodes

The greatest directorial partnership in film history, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger gave a much-needed jolt of expressionistic exuberance to the British cinema. While the quintessentially English Powell and the European sophisticate Pressburger may have made an unlikely duo, their contrasting sensibilities came together harmoniously in wondrously imaginative pastoral idylls like A CANTERBURY TALE and I KNOW WHERE I’M GOING! The pair reached dizzying new expressive heights when working in Technicolor. As shot by virtuoso cinematographer Jack Cardiff, deliriously stylized fantasias like BLACK NARCISSUS and THE RED SHOES rank among the most glorious visual achievements ever committed to celluloid.

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Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
  • 49th Parallel

    Episode 1

    Directed by Michael Powell • 1941 • United Kingdom

    At once a compelling piece of anti-isolationist propaganda and a quick-witted wartime thriller, 49TH PARALLEL is a classic early work from the inimitable British filmmaking team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. When a Nazi U-boat crew...

  • The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

    Episode 2

    Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger • 1943 • United Kingdom

    Considered by many to be the finest British film ever made, THE LIFE AND DEATH OF COLONEL BLIMP, by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, is a stirring masterpiece like no other. Roger Livesey dynamically embodies outmo...

  • A Canterbury Tale

    Episode 3

    Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger • 1944 • United Kingdom

    Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's beloved classic A CANTERBURY TALE is a profoundly personal journey to Powell's bucolic birthplace of Kent, England. Set amid the tumult of the Second World War, yet with a rhythm a...

  • I Know Where I’m Going!

    Episode 4

    Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger • 1945 • United Kingdom

    In Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's stunningly photographed comedy, romance flourishes in an unlikely place, the bleak and moody Scottish Hebrides. Wendy Hiller stars as a headstrong young woman who travels to these...

  • Black Narcissus

    Episode 5

    Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger • 1947 • United Kingdom

    This explosive work about the conflict between the spirit and the flesh is the epitome of the sensuous style of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. A group of nuns, played by some of Britain's finest actresses, includ...

  • The Red Shoes

    Episode 6

    Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger • 1948 • United Kingdom
    Starring Moira Shearer, Anton Walbrook, Marius Goring

    THE RED SHOES, the singular fantasia from Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, is cinema’s quintessential backstage drama, as well as one of the most glorious Tech...