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Powell and Pressburger: A Cinema of Magic Spaces (Cinema and Society) Hardcover – 24 Mar 2005

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris (24 Mar. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1850439478
  • ISBN-13: 978-1850439479
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 2.9 x 24 cm
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'Moor's work is thorough, setting each grouping of films in their historical and theoretical context.' '...the book will prove most popular with those who want to know more about British cinema during its "golden decade" of the 1940s...'Media Education Journal, December 2005. 'A thoughtful addition to the literature on the symbiotic duo.' - Times Higher Educational Supplement


The film-making partnership of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger was one of the most remarkable and visionary in cinema. They made an extraordinary range of films, from 'The Spy in Black' and 'The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp' to 'A Canterbury Tale' and 'The Red Shoes'. With champions like Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola, and revived critical interest worldwide, they now find new generations of admirers. This illuminating new book looks closely at these classic films to explore their complex relationship to national identity, and their developing interest in exile, borderlands, utopias, escapism, art and fantasy. Moor reveals for example how the visual imagery of the films of the Second World War question current cinematic styles and how post war films like 'The Red Shoes' and 'The Tales of Hoffman' are in their highly expressive use of design, music and dance utterly international in character.

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