With great pleasure we announce that during the 22nd edition of the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography CAMERIMAGE we will host a retrospective of the films made by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, the famous filmmaking duo whose work has been great inspiration for many acclaimed artists of worldwide cinema. In celebration of their work we will be joined by special guests: Michael Powell's wife and three-time Academy Award winning editor Thelma Schoonmaker, and two film scholars and experts in the cinema of Powell and Pressburger, Erich Sargeant and Ian Christie.
Below you will find Ian Christie's introduction to the cinema of Powell and Pressburger, and the list of their films that will be screened at Camerimage.
"Forty years ago, the films of Michael Powell were all but unknown, almost impossible to see in anything like their original state, and seemingly irrelevant in the era of the ‘new Hollywood’ of Spielberg, Coppola and Scorsese. But by the early 1980s, a revolution in taste was underway, and audiences around the world began to discover The Archers, Powell and Pressburger’s joint signature from 1942–56, while some of Hollywood’s new aristocracy declared themselves devout fans. Truncated films began to be repaired and faded colour revived, with The Archers’ films setting new standards in restoration right up to the unveiling of a spectacularly restored The Tales of Hoffmann at the Venice Film Festival earlier this year.