The Great Directors: Michael Powell (The Magic Surrealist)

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1.
My Friend the King (1932)
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A taxi driver becomes involved in a plot to kidnap Ruritanian child king Ludwig and, disguised as a countess... (47 mins.)
Director: Michael Powell
 
2.
Rynox (1932)
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Business tycoon F.X. Benedik claims he has been threatened by a mysterious stranger Boswell Marsh. When F.X... (48 mins.)
Director: Michael Powell
 
3.
Hotel Splendide (1932)
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Jerry Mason inherits a seaside hotel but discovers that a gang of robbers have buried their loot on the site where the hotel now stands. (53 mins.)
Director: Michael Powell
 
4.
C.O.D. (1932)
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When Frances discovers her stepfather dead in the library, she pays Peter Craven to help her hide the body... (64 mins.)
Director: Michael Powell
 
5.
His Lordship (1932)
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Bert Gibbs becomes a Lord but agrees to pose as the fiance of a movie star to please his mother. (79 mins.)
Director: Michael Powell
 
6.
Born Lucky (1933)
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Mops is a waitress. This is the (musical) story of a humble girl's rise to fame. (78 mins.)
Director: Michael Powell
 
7.
The Fire Raisers (1934)
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Jim Bronton is an insurance investigator, but he's unhappy with his work and gets involved with a gang of arsonists. His conscience is troubling him ... (77 mins.)
Director: Michael Powell
 
8.
Strike! (1934)
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David Barr is the manager and chief designer of a British shipyard (when we still built ships). The... (69 mins.)
Director: Michael Powell
 
9.
Something Always Happens (1934)
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Unemployed car salesman Peter is encouraged by his girlfriend Cynthia to approach the head of a petrol... (69 mins.)
Director: Michael Powell
 
10.
The Girl in the Crowd (1935)
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Bookseller David Gordon's new wife Marian has never met David's friend Bob but by telephone advises... (52 mins.)
Director: Michael Powell
 
11.
Lazybones (1935)
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Lazybones is an idle baronet. He hasn't a care in the world until his father cuts him off without a penny... (65 mins.)
Director: Michael Powell
 
12.
The Love Test (1935)
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Mary Lee is the new head of a Chemistry Laboratory. Thompson and his work-mates are resentful of her... (63 mins.)
Director: Michael Powell
 
13.
The Murder Party (1935)
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A major newspaper publisher dies in suspicious circumstances during a parlour game at a dinner party... (61 mins.)
Director: Michael Powell
 
14.
The Phantom Light (1935)
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A lighthouse keeper has been murdered in mysterious circumstances and, during the ensuing investigation... (76 mins.)
Director: Michael Powell
 
15.
The Price of a Song (1935)
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A bookmakers clerk, Grierson, finds himself in financial difficulties and forces his step-daughter to marry Nevern... (67 mins.)
Director: Michael Powell
 
16.
Someday (1935)
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Curley Blake is a lift operator in a block of flats. He is in love with Emily, the cleaning girl. When Emily returns from a stay in hospital... (68 mins.)
Director: Michael Powell
 
17.
Her Last Affaire (1935)
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The wife of a politician is found dead at a country inn, where she had been seen with the politicians secretary... (78 mins.)
Director: Michael Powell
 
18.
The Brown Wallet (1936)
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A bankrupt publisher thinks all his troubles are over when he stumbles across a Brown Wallet containing 200 pounds... (68 mins.)
Director: Michael Powell
 
19.
Crown v. Stevens (1936)
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When an ex-dancer marries a man for his money she is suprised find he is a real skinflint. She owes a lot of money to a loan-shark who is after her... (66 mins.)
Director: Michael Powell
 
20.
The Man Behind the Mask (1936)
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A young couple attend a masked ball before their planned (but secret) elopement. Suddenly everything... (79 mins.)
Director: Michael Powell
 
21.
The Edge of the World (1937)
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A way of life is dying on an Outer Hebridean island fishing port, but some of the inhabitants resist evacuating to the mainland. (81 mins.)
Director: Michael Powell
 
22.
The Spy in Black (1939)
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A German submarine is sent to the Orkney Isles in 1917 to sink the British fleet. (82 mins.)
Director: Michael Powell
 
23.
The Lion Has Wings (1939)
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Alexander Korda's bit for the British war effort shows the world both at peace and on the verge of Nazi domination... (76 mins.)
 
24.
Blackout (1940)
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Early in World War II, Danish sea captain Andersen, delayed in a British port, tangles with German spies. (92 mins.)
Director: Michael Powell
 
25.
The Thief of Bagdad (1940)
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After being tricked and cast out of Bagdad by the evil Jaffar, King Ahmad joins forces with a thief named Abu to reclaim his throne, the city, and the Princess he loves. (106 mins.)
 
26.
49th Parallel (1941)
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A World War II U-boat crew are stranded in northern Canada. To avoid internment, they must make their way to the border and get into the still-neutral USA. (123 mins.)
Director: Michael Powell
 
27.
One of Our Aircraft Is Missing (1942)
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When Nazi anti-aircraft fire damages a British bomber, its crew bails out and seeks help from the Dutch underground. (102 mins.)
 
28.
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)
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From the Boer War through World War II, a soldier rises through the ranks in the British military. (163 mins.)
 
29.
A Canterbury Tale (1944)
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A 'Land Girl', an American GI, and a British soldier find themselves together in a small Kent town on the road to Canterbury... (124 mins.)
 
30.
'I Know Where I'm Going!' (1945)
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Joan Webster is an ambitious and stubborn middle-class English woman determined to move forward since her childhood... (91 mins.)
 
31.
Stairway to Heaven (1946)
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A British wartime aviator who cheats death must argue for his life before a celestial court. (104 mins.)
 
32.
Black Narcissus (1947)
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After opening a convent in the Himalayas, five nuns encounter conflict and tension - both with the natives and also within their own group - as they attempt to adapt to their remote, exotic surroundings. (100 mins.)
 
33.
The Red Shoes (1948)
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A young ballet dancer is torn between the man she loves and her pursuit to become a prima ballerina. (134 mins.)
 
34.
Hour of Glory (1949)
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As the Germans drop explosive booby-traps on Britain in 1943, the embittered expert who'll have to disarm them fights a private battle with alcohol. (106 mins.)
 
35.
Gone to Earth (1950)
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A beautiful, superstitious, animal-loving Gypsy is hotly desired by a fox-hunting squire...even after she marries a clergyman. (110 mins.)
 
36.
The Fighting Pimpernel (1950)
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A British aristocrat goes in disguise to France to rescue people from The Terror of the guillotine. (109 mins.)
 
37.
The Tales of Hoffmann (1951)
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A melancholy poet reflects on three women he loved and lost in the past: a mechanical performing doll, a Venetian courtesan, and the consumptive daughter of a celebrated composer. (138 mins.)
 
38.
The Wild Heart (1952)
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A re-editing of Gone to Earth after a disagreement and court case between director Michael Powell and producer David O. Selznick... (82 mins.)
 
39.
Oh... Rosalinda!! (1955)
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"Die Fledermaus" (The Bat) is the pseudonym adopted by Dr Falke. Floating on the buoyant waltzes of Strauss... (101 mins.)
 
40.
Pursuit of the Graf Spee (1956)
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A true WW2 story: the British Navy must find and destroy a powerful German warship. (119 mins.)
 
41.
Night Ambush (1957)
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Led by British officers, partisans on Crete plan to kidnap the island's German commander and smuggle him to Cairo to embarrass the occupiers. (104 mins.)
 
42.
Honeymoon (1959)
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Australian famer Kit Kelly and his new bride Anna are driving through Europe when they help a stranded motorist... (109 mins.)
Director: Michael Powell
 
43.
Peeping Tom (1960)
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A young man murders women, using a movie camera to film their dying expressions of terror. (101 mins.)
Director: Michael Powell
 
44.
The Queen's Guards (1961)
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Grenadier Guards Captain John Fellowes prepares for the Trooping the Colour ceremony and reminisces about his years at Sandhurst Military Academy as well as his family's dramatic life. (110 mins.)
Director: Michael Powell
 
45.
Herzog Blaubarts Burg (1963)
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Based on the Bela Bartok opera, Bluebeard woos his women and then swiftly disposes of them. (60 mins.)
Director: Michael Powell
 
46.
They're a Weird Mob (1966)
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Nino Culotta is an Italian immigrant who arrived in Australia with the promise of a job as a journalist on his cousin's magazine... (112 mins.)
Director: Michael Powell
 
47.
Age of Consent (1969)
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An elderly artist thinks he has become too stale and is past his prime. His friend (and agent) persuades... (103 mins.)
Director: Michael Powell