Archive for category: Michael Powell

Art and Commerce: The Red Shoes and Galaxy of Terror / Forbidden World – DVDs of the Week

20 July, 2010 (01:24) | Blu-ray, by Sean Axmaker, DVD, Film Reviews, Michael Powell | By: Sean Axmaker

The Red Shoes (Criterion) There’s a real charge to the cinema of Michael Powell, a joy in the play of expressionist possibilities of the medium, that lights up his films with energy, color, and magic—the magic of love and life and art. That invention and play with cinematic technique sounds like another British director with […]

Bob, Bing, and the Case of the Traveling Matte

3 March, 2009 (23:32) | by Jeff Shannon, Michael Powell | By: Jeff Shannon

POP QUIZ: In which Powell & Pressburger classic did Bob Hope and Bing Crosby make a cameo appearance? ANSWER: They didn’t, but The Road to Hong Kong led them (sort of) to the setting of Black Narcissus. Allow me to explain. One of the great pleasures of watching older movies is that you can frequently spot […]

Powell and Hitchcock

7 January, 2009 (00:42) | Alfred Hitchcock, by Richard T. Jameson, Essays, Michael Powell | By: Richard T. Jameson

[This was written on May 15, 2001, for the Northwest Film Forum newsletter.] Michael Powell worked uncredited as a set designer and title writer on Alfred Hitchcock’s 1929 movie Blackmail. Which is neither here nor there, but does serve to mark the accidental convergence of England‘s two most exciting directorial talents. I was dreaming about […]

“A Matter of Life and Death” (The Films of Michael Powell) – DVD of the Week 1/6/2009

6 January, 2009 (00:15) | by Sean Axmaker, DVD, Film Reviews, Michael Powell | By: Sean Axmaker

I’m starting the new year with something old and something new. I’ve imported my “DVD of the Week” feature from my blog,, and reworked it into a focus on a single release, with links to further reviews and resources. And we start the year with the first essential DVD release of 2009. Michael Powell […]