The witty, daring, and lavish films of writer-director-producer duo Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, including the influential Black Narcissus, The Red Shoes, and A Matter of Life and Death.
The Tales of Hoffman
The Spy in Black
The Red Shoes
Gone to Earth
Recommended for ages 10 & up
Ballerina Moira Shearer must choose between love and art in this ravishing melodrama. “No flatscreen TV will ever do it justice—see it in the theater” (New York).
An embittered World War II bomb-disposal expert is tapped to conquer a sinister new German booby trap in a claustrophobic, expressionist film noir that includes “Powell’s most erotically eloquent lovers” (David Thomson).
This tale of nuns in a remote Himalayan convent reaches delirious heights of psychosexual melodrama, thanks in large part to Jack Cardiff’s Oscar-winning cinematography.
Jennifer Jones stars as a beautiful and free mountain lass caught between a kindly parson and a leering squire in a masterpiece of Technicolor splendor, based on a Victorian-era potboiler. “Visually spellbinding” (Time Out).
A career officer and lifetime bumbler recounts his adventures in this mocking send-up of the military upper crust. “The greatest English film ever made” (New Yorker). “Disgraceful” (Winston Churchill).
World War II fighter pilot David Niven is caught between a black-and-white heaven and a glorious Technicolor earth in this odd and compelling hybrid of romantic fantasy and wartime propaganda.
Three modern pilgrims almost accidentally retrace the ancient pilgrim’s path to Canterbury in an idyllic wartime ramble, one of Powell and Pressburger’s most personal films. “One of the richest and strangest treasures in British cinema” (David Thompson).
A band of stranded Nazi sailors make their way across Canada in this wartime propaganda feature, which earned Pressburger an Academy Award for Best Screenplay. Laurence Olivier and Leslie Howard star.
Recommended for ages 12 & up
Powell and Pressburger’s most romantic, lyrical film sets a love affair against the vast beauty of Scotland’s Hebrides islands. “One of the finest of all screen romances” (Village Voice).
A Danish sailor (Conrad Veidt) is on the trail of illegal contraband (and Valerie Hobson) in this wartime thriller, tinged with both the whimsical and the nightmarish. “Playful and provocative” (Ian Christie).
Conrad Veidt plays a Nazi submariner hiding out in the Scottish isles as he plots to sink the British fleet in this “Hitchcockian blending of humor and thrills” (William K. Everson).