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Michael Powell

Michael Latham Powell (September 30, 1905-February 19,1990) was a British film director, renowned for his partnership with Emeric Pressburger which produced many classic British films.

Powell was born in Bekesbourne, Kent, and educated at Dulwich College. He worked in a bank before becoming an actor and entering the film industry. His first major success with Pressburger was the 1943 drama-fantasy, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp. Other classics produced by the team included: A Canterbury Tale (1944); A Matter of Life and Death (1946); Black Narcissus (1947); The Elusive Pimpernel (1950).

After making Peeping Tom in 1960 as a solo effort, Powell was ostracised by the film world. However, his reputation was restored, and by the time of his death he and Pressburger were recognised as one of the foremost film partnerships of all time.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

Michael Powell Facts

Birth NameMichael Latham Powell
BirthdaySeptember 30, 1905
BirthplaceBekesbourne, Kent, England, United Kingdom
Date of deathFebruary 19, 1990 (age 84)

Selected Filmography

One Of Our Aircraft Is Missing
Age of Consent
Battle of the River Plate
The Red Shoes
I Know Where I'm Going!
Black Narcissus
The Thief of Bagdad
Peeping Tom
Stairway to Heaven
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