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by Michael Powell

Category: Performing Arts
Subcategory: Photo and Art
Author: Michael Powell
ISBN: 0413165108
ISBN13: 978-0413165107
Language: English
Publisher: Mandarin (November 12, 1987)
Pages: 720
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Once one keeps in mind the need for several grains of salt in reading the book and checking the facts, however, the book is most definitely a rollicking good read. 3 people found this helpful.

Once one keeps in mind the need for several grains of salt in reading the book and checking the facts, however, the book is most definitely a rollicking good read.

Powell, Michael, 1905-1990. Powell, Michael, 1905-1990, Motion picture producers and directors.

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Michael Powell lived intimately, and abundantly, with the movies - entering the business at the end of the silent era, growing up in the . His description of this partnership forms the heart of Powell's autobiography A Life in Movies. Powell's book is long and takes a while to get going.

Michael Powell lived intimately, and abundantly, with the movies - entering the business at the end of the silent era, growing up in the industry, becoming one o. . He spends rather too long on his childhood in Kent. It is an interesting description of a long lost world and provides some insight into the development of Powell's character, but eventually one becomes rather impatient for him to get onto his film career. This he does with a brilliant description of his start in silent movies.

For other people named Michael Powell, see Michael Powell . Michael Powell discusses his autobiography A Life in Movies – a British Library sound recording.

For other people named Michael Powell, see Michael Powell (disambiguation). Michael Latham Powell (30 September 1905 – 19 February 1990) was an English film director, celebrated for his partnership with Emeric Pressburger. This book contains much information that Powell and Pressburger could not include in their film The Battle of the River Plate. 1957: Death in the South Atlantic: The Last Voyage of the Graf Spee.

A Life in Movies", Michael Powell. Robin Wood answers this question in this book, considered the most important critical study on Alfred Hitchcock.

A Life in Movies", Michael Powell Books on Cinema. Hitchcock's Films Revisited", Robin Wood.

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Michael Powell lived intimately, and abundantly, with the movies - entering the business at the end of the silent era, growing up in the industry, becoming one of Britain's most respected and influential directors

Michael Powell lived intimately, and abundantly, with the movies - entering the business at the end of the silent era, growing up in the industry, becoming one of Britain's most respected and influential directors. This first volume of his autobiography captures the startling momentum of his mercurial early career: from apprenticeship with Hitchcock, to the fateful meeting with the man who became his principal collaborator Emeric Pressburger; to the glories of A Matter of Life and Death, Black Narcissus and The Red Shoes.

A Life in Movies: An Autobiography (Paperback). Michael Powell (author). Michael Powell lived intimately, and abundantly, with the movies - entering the business at the end of the silent era, growing up in the industry, becoming one of Britain's most respected and influential directors. This first volume of his autobiography captures the startling momentum of his mercurial early career: from apprenticeship with Hitchcock, to the fateful meeting with the man who became his principal collaborator Emeric Pressburger; to the glories of "A Matter of Life and Death", "Black Narcissus" and "The Red Shoes".

Michael Powell, Director: The Red Shoes. The son of Thomas William Powell and Mabel (nee Corbett). Michael Powell was always a self-confessed movie addict. He was brought up partly in Canterbury ("The Garden of England") and partly in the south of France (where his parents ran a hotel). Educated at Kings School, Canterbury and Dulwich College, he worked at the National Provincial Bank.

Comments to eBook Life in Movies: An Autobiography
Dawncrusher
Five stars for the book's content. This is a must for all fans of The Archers, along with Emeric Pressburger's biography.
However, if you buy this new, it is a print on demand copy. My copy was not very well put together. Pages in the front of the book started to come loose. The book is large and heavy and the amount of glue used for binding is insufficient.
Tholmeena
Meet Michael Powell! The great and iconoclastic film direcotr of such classics as 'The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp"; "The

49th Parallel"; "The Canterbury Tales: "Black Narcissus": "Peeping Tom" and countless others tells the story of his long,productive and adventurous life (1905-1990).

Powell grew up in bucolic middle class farm life in Canterbury, Kent. His father divorced his mother moving to France following World War I. It was while staying with his father that Powell became involved in moviemaking as he joined the company led by director Rex Ingram on the French Riveria.

Powell later became associated with Alfred Hitchcock, Arthur

Rank, Michael Balcon and J. Arthur Rank . He made his first hit with his eccentric view of life in the Orkney islands in "The

Edge of the World."

Powell knew many of the great actors, directors and technicians who made the movies the folk tales of the 20th

century.

Powell's closest associate was the Hungarian writer Pressburg with whom he organized Archer Film Studios.One classic from this association was "The Red Shoes" which is arguably the finest ballet movie ever made!

Among other things Powell was:

a. A womanizer who wed several times and romanced the likes of actresses Deborah Kerr and Pamela Brown.

b. A novelist and a director who actually read books! His writing style is anecdotal and very readable!

c. Powell's love for film is manifest Even though British film culture turned its back on him following his controversial "Peeping Tom" in 1960 he never gave up his love for film, storytelling and art.

Powell is sadly little known on our side of the pond. He deserves to be better celebrated as one of the best film directors of the 20th century.

With the TCM cable channel's recent festival of his best movies the hope is that Powell will become better known and his

imperishable films enjoyed by a new generation of film fans.

This was a fine book to spend several hours perusing in the company of a grand old man of British and world cinema.
Natety
Good book, good subject, fairly well written in chatty style. Film is one of my interests and this man was at the forefront of the early UK and USA film direction with some great films.
Agarus
I rarely read bio's, this one is a gem. What a life, filled with surprising experiences and insight to living life to the fullest.
fetish
the voice of experience and the mind of a master... a great example of The Greatest Generation.
Fearlessrunner
He tells a fairly good story but it could have been told more succinctly and with a little more humility.
IGOT
This book was put together the day after I ordered, obviously a botched computer job. The font is minuscule, and it gets smaller at times. The page numbers in the notes do not agree with the real page numbers. I returned it promptly after I received it. I am now waiting to get it second-hand, since I still want to read it.
For those interested in British cinema, Michael Powell needs no introduction as one-half of the filmmaking team of "The Archers", with the emigre Hungarian Emeric Pressburger as the other half. This book, the first part of Powell's autobiography, goes up through the initial release of "The Red Shoes", makes for an entertaining journey through the early years of British cinema, from his apprenticeship with Alfred Hitchcock through his "quota quickie" years of honing his craft on British B-films. Powell knows how to tell a story well in rather amazing detail, as he claimed to have total recall.

However, on at least one detail, at the risk of sounding trivial, his memory didn't quite match. Example: about "The Red Shoes", he gives the full name of the conductor Livy (played by Esmond Knight) as "Sir Edmund Livingstone", whereas in one shot of the film, Livy's full name is actually "Mr. Livingstone Montague". On other points, one has to keep in mind his selective memory. For example, he chooses not to mention the name of his first wife from his very short-lived first marriage, basically saying that "Her name was - well, what does it matter?" and that they were young and foolish. (For the record, Powell's first wife was Gloria Mary Rouger.) Likewise, during the filming of "Black Narcissus", Powell didn't mention the name of the actress with whom he was having an affair, simply saying that "my two mistresses, one ex and one current, were both working for me in the same picture". The "ex" was Deborah Kerr, of course, while the "current" was Kathleen Byron, whom Powell more explicitly mentioned in volume two of his autobiography.

More seriously, at the risk of stating the obvious, but necessarily precisely because the book is so well written, one has to keep in mind that this is Powell's own selective point of view, and not the "whole truth". One case is in Powell's tale of working with Albert Bassermann on "The Red Shoes". Powell expresses nothing but admiration for Bassermann, but paints a portrait of Bassermann's wife as a bit of a pill on the movie set. Powell obliquely tells of taking Bassermann's wife down a peg once, which caused Bassermann himself some distress, and for which Bassermann demanded of Powell an apology. If one reads Kevin Brownlow's biography of Emeric Pressburger, the tale is told rather differently, where apparently Powell was rather harsher towards Bassermann and his wife, to the point that Anton Walbrook was repelled by Powell's behavior and broke off working with Powell for a number of years.

Once one keeps in mind the need for several grains of salt in reading the book and checking the facts, however, the book is most definitely a rollicking good read.
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