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Kevin Macdonald, Emeric Pressburger: The Life and Death of a Screenwriter

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Jun. 26th, 2009 | 02:07 pm

Kevin Macdonald, Emeric Pressburger: The Life and Death of a Screenwriter

With Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger made some of the most imaginative films of the 1940s: Black Narcissus, The Red Shoes, A Matter of Life and Death, etc. Powell was the personality, the self-promoter; Pressburger more reserved, his part in the collaboration more easily overlooked, especially when auteurism was at its height in film studies.

This lovely book is written by Pressburger's grandson (also an Oscar-winner). So it's not only an informative biography (and short history of European film), it's also suffused with deep love, written into every line.

Pressburger had an astonishing life: a Hungarian Jew, he moved to Germany in the 1920s, living as a down and out before getting a foot in the door at Ufa. The Nazis forced him out; he worked for a while in Paris before moving to London in the mid-30s. This was intended to be only a brief stay before he went on to Hollywood. But then he met Micky Powell...

Readable and engrossing.

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Katlinel the Darkeyed

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from: katlinel
date: Jun. 26th, 2009 05:14 pm (UTC)

Books suffused with deep love are awesome and the best kind of books.

I am glad you found this to read and enjoy and tell us about.

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from: altariel
date: Jun. 27th, 2009 10:29 am (UTC)

It's a smashing book, emphasizing all the way through the collaboration that went into making the films, The Red Shoes in particular.

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