Sunday, 12 September 2010
MIchael Powell South Bank Show
Above - From an early short film 'Travelaughs' 1927 which depicts Powell transforming into Pan in a dream.
This is a documentary made in 1986 to coincide with the release of Powell's autobiography 'A Life in Movies'.
The film begins with Powell talking in detail about 'Peeping Tom' before we hear the critics, represented as mouths through cut-out holes in newspapers, tearing the film to pieces, resulting in its withdrawal and Powell's virtual disappearance from the industry.
Then Powell takes us back to the beginning and precedes to wander through recreations of sets from his films, telling the story of his life up until the making of 'The Red Shoes.