Emeric Pressburger


Producer, Screenwriter
Emeric Pressburger

About

Also Known As
Richard Imrie, Imre Pressburger
Birth Place
Miskolc, HU
Born
December 05, 1902
Died
February 05, 1988
Cause of Death
Bronchial Pneumonia

Biography

Began his career writing screenplays in both Germany and France, notably for directors Robert Siodmak and Max Ophuls, before arriving in England in 1936. Pressburger contributed to several Alexander Korda projects before collaborating with director Michael Powell for the first time on the entertaining, intelligently convoluted thriller, "The Spy in Black" (1939).Powell and Pressburger re...

Bibliography

"Killing a Mouse on Sunday"
Emeric Pressburger

Biography

Began his career writing screenplays in both Germany and France, notably for directors Robert Siodmak and Max Ophuls, before arriving in England in 1936. Pressburger contributed to several Alexander Korda projects before collaborating with director Michael Powell for the first time on the entertaining, intelligently convoluted thriller, "The Spy in Black" (1939).

Powell and Pressburger received co-directing credit on the similarly engrossing "Contraband" (1940) and became official partners in 1942. They formed The Archers production company, and went on to co-write, co-produce and co-direct 14 films between 1942 and 1956. Among their most outstanding productions were "The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp" (1943), "A Matter of Life and Death" (1945), "Black Narcissus" (1947), "The Red Shoes" (1948) and "The Tales of Hoffman" (1951). Although the Archers' film bore the credit "Written, Produced and Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger" it is generally acknowledged that Powell did most of the directing, Pressburger was the primary writer, and the two men shared producing responsibilities. Whatever the case, the duo's films marked a watershed event in British film history, their genuinely strange and imaginative melodramas, beautifully written, produced and photographed, standing out among many more mainstream British films of the 1940s and 50s.

Pressburger's later efforts, including his only film as a solo director, "Twice Upon a Time" (1953), were generally less effective than his earlier work. He wrote Michael Anderson's adroitly handled WWII thriller "Operation Crossbow" (1965) under the pseudonym Richard Imrie and briefly re-teamed with Powell on the 1972 British children's film, "The Boy Who Turned Yellow."

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Night Ambush (1958)
Director
Pursuit of the Graf Spee (1957)
Director
Oh... Rosalinda! (1955)
Director
The Fighting Pimpernel (1954)
Director
Twice Upon a Time (1953)
Director
The Wild Heart (1952)
Director
The Tales of Hoffmann (1951)
Director
Hour of Glory (1949)
Director
Hour of Glory (1949)
Director
The Red Shoes (1948)
Director
Black Narcissus (1947)
Director
A Matter of Life and Death (1947)
Director
I Know Where I'm Going (1945)
Director
A Canterbury Tale (1944)
Director
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)
Director
One Of Our Aircraft Is Missing (1941)
Director

Writer (Feature Film)

They're a Weird Mob (1966)
Writer
Night Ambush (1958)
Screenwriter
Miracle In Soho (1957)
Writer
Oh... Rosalinda! (1955)
Screenplay
The Fighting Pimpernel (1954)
Writer
The Wild Heart (1952)
Writer
The Tales of Hoffmann (1951)
Screenwriter
Gone to Earth (1950)
Screenplay
Hour of Glory (1949)
Writer
The Red Shoes (1948)
Screenplay
A Matter of Life and Death (1947)
Screenplay
Black Narcissus (1947)
Screenplay
Wanted for Murder (1946)
Screenplay
I Know Where I'm Going (1945)
From Story
A Canterbury Tale (1944)
From Story
A Canterbury Tale (1944)
Screenwriter
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)
Screenplay
Sons of the Sea (1942)
Screenwriter
49th Parallel (1941)
From Story
One Of Our Aircraft Is Missing (1941)
Screenwriter
49th Parallel (1941)
Screenplay
Contraband (1940)
From Story
Contraband (1940)
Screenplay
U-Boat 29 (1939)
Screenwriter
The Challenge (1939)
Screenwriter
La Vie Parisienne (1935)
Screenwriter
... und es leuchtet die Pussta (1933)
Screenwriter
Une Femme au volant (1933)
Screenwriter
Abschied (1930)
Screenplay
I'd Rather Have Cod Liver Oil (1930)
Screenwriter

Producer (Feature Film)

Night Ambush (1958)
Producer
Pursuit of the Graf Spee (1957)
Producer
Miracle In Soho (1957)
Producer
Oh... Rosalinda! (1955)
Producer
The Fighting Pimpernel (1954)
Producer
The Wild Heart (1952)
Producer
The Tales of Hoffmann (1951)
Producer
Gone to Earth (1950)
Producer
The Red Shoes (1948)
Producer
A Matter of Life and Death (1947)
Producer
Black Narcissus (1947)
Producer
I Know Where I'm Going (1945)
Producer
A Canterbury Tale (1944)
Producer
One Of Our Aircraft Is Missing (1941)
Producer

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Heaven (1987)
Other
49th Parallel (1941)
Other

Life Events

1934

Moved to Paris

1935

Co-screenwriting official debut for the French operetta, "La Vie Parisienne"

1936

Moves to England and writes script for "One Rainy Afternoon"

1938

First works with director Michael Powell by penning the screenplay of "The Spy in Black"

1940

Writes "Contraband" and debuts as a director, in collaboration with Powell, on the feature

1942

Debut as a producer of a feature, "One of Our Aircraft is Missing"

1942

Formed production company with Powell, The Archers and for more than a decade co-wrote, co- directed and co-produced with him

1948

Co-directed and co-wrote "The Red Shoes"

1953

First feature solo directorial effort, "Twice Upon a Time"

1957

Last project with Powell, "Ill Met by Moonlight"

1964

Last produced screenplay with his own name credited, "Behold a Pale Horse", based on his story, "Killing A Mouse on Sunday"

Photo Collections

The Red Shoes - Movie Poster
Here is the American 3-sheet movie poster for the British film The Red Shoes (1948), directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.

Videos

Movie Clip

Matter Of Life And Death, A (1947) - Camera Obscura Clever Dr. Reeves (Roger Livesey) shows off his "Camera Obscura" for American friend June (Kim Hunter) in a moment of gratuitous razzle-dazzle in A Matter of Life and Death, 1947, a.k.a. Stairway to Heaven, directed by Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger.
Matter Of Life And Death, A (1947) - Full Dress Affair June (Kim Hunter) and Dr. Reeves (Roger Livesey) enter suspended animation as "Conductor 71" (Marius Goring) visits Peter (David Niven) in Emeric Pressburger and Michael Powell's A Matter of Life and Death, 1947, a.k.a. Stairway to Heaven.
Matter Of Life And Death, A (1947) - This Is A Story Of Two Worlds Ambitious celestial animation and narration by John Longden in this framing piece from Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's A Matter of Life and Death, 1947, a.k.a. Stairway to Heaven.
Matter Of Life And Death, A (1947) - Court Of Appeal The Judge (Abraham Sofaer) and the set take center stage in Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's A Matter of Life and Death, 1947, a.k.a. Stairway to Heaven.
Matter Of Life And Death, A (1947) - All These Great Men To Choose From Brit flier Peter (David Niven) and heavenly escort "Conductor 71" (Marius Goring), himself an executed French aristocrat, on director Michael Powell's famous 266-step staircase, discuss possible advocates for his death-sentence appeal, in A Matter of Life and Death, 1947, a.k.a. Stairway to Heaven.
Matter Of Life And Death, A (1947) - G For George Following credits, from the filmmaking partners known as "The Archers" (Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger), David Niven as a British bomber pilot and Kim Hunter the American radio operator receiving his signal, in A Matter of Life and Death, 1947, a.k.a. Stairway to Heaven.
Red Shoes, The (1948) - Maybe Next Year Permitted to dance Swan Lake, at a local matinee, Victoria (Moira Shearer), candidate for the Lermontov ballet, is shocked when the master (Anton Walbrook) attends, later selecting her for his European tour, in Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's The Red Shoes, 1948.
Red Shoes, The (1948) - The Red Shoes Dance On Ballet master Lermontov (Anton Walbrook), angry that his principal is quitting to get married, briefs composer Crasker (Marius Goring) on a new project, then expresses disgust to Ljubov (Leonide Massine) and Victoria (Moira Shearer), in Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's The Red Shoes, 1948.
Red Shoes, The (1948) - Covent Garden In The Morning On location in London, 1948, new hires Julian (Marius Goring) and Vicky (Moira Shearer) arriving separately at the Royal Opera House, him meeting monitor George (Jerry Verno) and principal Irina (Ludmilla Tcherina), in Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's The Red Shoes.
Red Shoes, The (1948) - Patron Of The Arts Student Julian (Marius Goring) realizing his work has been stolen by Professor Palmer (Austin Trevor), who is then invited by Lady Nelson (Irene Browne), her niece Victoria (Moira Shearer) in waiting, early in Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's The Red Shoes, 1948.
Black Narcissus - Kanchi Outcast and bored native girl Kanchi (Jean Simmons) amuses herself with a dance until the "Little General," (Sabu), also taken in by the convent, intrudes, in Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's Black Narcissus, 1947.
Black Narcissus - You're All Jealous Of Me! Sister Superior Clodagh (Deborah Kerr) confronts Sister Ruth (Kathleen Byron), who's cracking up, now out of her habit and ready to leave their Himalayan convent, in Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's Black Narcissus, 1947

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Family

Andrew MacDonald
Grandson
Producer. Produced "Shallow Grave" and "Trainspotting".
Kevin MacDonald
Grandson
Documentarian.

Bibliography

"Killing a Mouse on Sunday"
Emeric Pressburger