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Michael Powell (I) (1905–1990)

The son of Thomas William Powell & Mabel (nee Corbett). Michael Powell was always a self confessed movie addict. He was brought up partly in Canterbury ("The Garden of England") and partly in the South of France (where his parents ran an hotel). Educated at Kings School, Canterbury & Dulwich College he first worked at the National Provincial Bank ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 9 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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The Red Shoes
The Red Shoes Director
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 1978 Return to the Edge of the World (Documentary short)
 1965 The Doctors and the Nurses (TV Series) (1 episode)
- A39846 (1965)
 1965 The Defenders (TV Series) (1 episode)
- The Sworn Twelve (1965)
 1964 Espionage (TV Series) (3 episodes)
- A Free Agent (1964)
 1960 Peeping Tom
 1959 Honeymoon
 1957 Night Ambush
 1955 The Sorcerer's Apprentice (Short)
 1950 Gone to Earth
 1949 Hour of Glory
 1948 The Red Shoes
 1944 The Volunteer (Short)
 1942 One of Our Aircraft Is Missing (for The Archers)
 1941 49th Parallel
 1940 Blackout
 1939 Smith (Short)
 1935 Someday
 1935 The Love Test
 1935 Lazybones
 1934 Strike!
 1933 Born Lucky
 1932 His Lordship
 1932 C.O.D.
 1932 The Star Reporter (Short)
 1932 Rynox
 1932 The Rasp (Short)
 1931 Two Crowded Hours (Short)
 1930 Caste (uncredited)
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Other Works:

Autobiography: "A Life in Movies", (autobiography - Part I). London: Heinemann, 1986. ISBN: 043459945X (pp. 705, filmography) See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 12 Print Biographies | 8 Interviews | 32 Articles | See more »

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6' 2" (1.88 m)

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The truth lies in black and white. See more »


1978: The BFI held a complete retrospective showing all the extant works of Powell and Emeric Pressburger. The book "Powell, Pressburger and Others" by Ian Christie was published to accompany this. See more »



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