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Michael Powell

Michael Powell

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Also Known As: Died: February 19, 1990
Born: September 30, 1905 Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: Kent, England, GB Profession: Director ...
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Raised in Canterbury, England and the South of France
1922:
Worked as a bank clerk
1925:
Became an assistant to director and producer Rex Ingram
1928:
Was the stills photographer on Alfred Hitchcock's "Champagne"
1928:
Worked as a film cutter on "A Knight in London"
1930:
Debut as scenarist, the "quota quickie" feature "Caste"
1931:
Feature directorial debut, "Two Crowded Hours"
1937:
Helmed "The Edge of the World", about residents of one of the remote islands in the North Sea; caught attention of Alexander Korda; also appeared in opening scenes as a British tourist alongside wife Frances 'Frankie' Reidy
1939:
Alexander Korda offered contract to direct "The Spy in Black"; initial teaming with frequent collaborator Emeric Pressburger
1940:
Was one of the many directors on "The Thief of Bagdad"
1940:
First co-directing credit with Pressburger, "Contraband"
1942:
With Pressburger, established the production company The Archers
1942:
Shared Oscar nomination with Emeric Pressburger for the screenplay of "... One of Our Aircraft Is Missing"
1943:
First Archers production in color, "The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp"; engendered controversy for its use of color during wartime rationing; also elicited the scorn of Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who didn't like its critique of British stuffiness while the country was in the midst of WWII
1946:
With Pressburger, co-directed, co-wrote and co-produced the unconventional "A Matter of Life and Death/Stairway to Heaven", which mixed fantasy elements with a dramatic story of a pilot who survives a crash through the mistake of an angel and then must plead his case to a heavenly tribunal
1947:
Co-produced (through The Archers), co-wrote and co-directed "Black Narcissus"; film won Academy Awards for for Best Color Cinematography and Best Color Art Direction
1948:
Made one of the most famous of the Archers Productions, "The Red Shoes", about a ballerina torn between two men; film received five Academy Award nominations including Best Picture
1950:
With Pressburger, crafted the remake "The Elusive Pimpernel", starring David Niven; film was originally intended as a musical but the production numbers were dropped
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Difficulties in getting work in Britain due to "Peeping Tom", directs episodes of "Espionage" and "The Defenders" for TV
1960:
Produced and directed the controversial film "Peeping Tom"; at time of its release was nearly universally panned; has since been re-evaluated as a masterpiece
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Following the ill-fated reaction to "Peeping Tom", had difficulty in obtaining work in Britain; began helming episodes of the TV series "Espionage" and "The Defenders"
1966:
Produced and directed "They're a Weird Mob", a comedy written by Pressburger (under the pen name Richard Imrie)
1984:
Marries film editor Thelma Schoonmaker
1986:
First edition of his autobiography, "A Life in Movies"
1979:
Published novel "A Waiting Game"
1981:
Served as senior director in residence at Zoetrope Studios
1995:
Second volume of memoirs, "Million Dollar Movie", published posthumously

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