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Conrad Veidt, Valerie Hobson, Hay Petrie, Esmond Knight,

Contraband was one of the biggest British hits of the early days of the war, consolidating the success of the Powell-Pressburger teaming in their immediately prior The Spy in Black. It was a topical thriller, Hitchcockian in its mixture of suspense and comedy, yet somehow bizarre and perverse in its humor in ways that were uniquely P. and P. . . . Not a war film, yet dependent on war conditions for its plot, it utilized [Conrad] Veidt and [Valerie] Hobson as a kind of sandpaper-and-silk equivalent of Powell and Loy, and used many of the rapidly forming Powell and Pressburger stock company” (William K. Everson).

  • Michael Powell
  • Emeric Pressburger
Based On
  • a screenplay by Brock Williams, from a story by Pressburger

  • Freddie Young
Print Info
  • B&W
  • 35mm
  • 92 mins
  • BFI

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Matters of life and death : the films of Michael Powell (program note), Cinematheque Ontario/a division of Toronto International Film Festival Group, James Quandt, 2002

A production of the Archers: the films of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger (program note), Film Forum (New York), 1995

Pacific Film Archive salutes William K. Everson (press release), Pacific Film Archive, 1991

Rétrospective Powell & Pressburger (booklet), Locarno International Film Festival, Roland Cosandey, 1982

Michael Powell and Powell & Pressburger: Contraband (program note), The Museum of Modern Art, New York, William K. Everson, 1981

Michael Powell (article), Films In Review, William K. Everson, 1980

Contraband (synopsis)

Contraband (program note), National Film Theatre (London, England)

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