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DAVID MCVEY

A Matter of
   Powell and
     Pressburger




     Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger are now widely recognized as two of the greatest artists in the history of cinema, especially in the UK. If you want to impress a roomful of dedicated cineastes, just express an informed appreciation of AMOLAD or IKWIG, and watch as they stroke their chins. And, yes, I'll explain those acronyms later.

     Powell, the Englishman with the passion for wild Scottish places, and Pressburger, the Jewish Hungarian exile who fell in love with England, did something very special in the British cinema of the 1940s and '50s. If their films still seem to be terribly British, they are so in an inclusive and cosmopolitan way; Poles, Canadians, Australians and, even during the war years, Germans and Austrians featured in their casts and crews. Yet by the early 1970s, Powell and Pressburger were largely forgotten, their films rarely even shown on TV.


DAVID McVEY lectures at New College Lanarkshire in Scotland, specializing in communication. He has published over 120 short stories and a great deal of non-fiction, from newspaper articles to academic papers. He enjoys visiting historic sites, hillwalking, reading, and watching soccer.


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