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Martin Scorsese's Love Letter to Powell and Pressburger: Celebrating the Visionary British Filmmakers

In his captivating documentary "Made in England: The Films of Powell and Pressburger," acclaimed director Martin Scorsese pays homage to the remarkable British filmmaking duo Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. Through his direct-to-camera narration, Scorsese shares his deep passion for and knowledge of their unique cinematic contributions, which had once been largely overlooked by the British establishment.


Scorsese, who played a crucial role in rediscovering and championing Powell and Pressburger's work in the 1970s, takes viewers on a journey through their iconic films, such as "The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp," "I Know Where I'm Going!," "Black Narcissus," "The Red Shoes," and "The Tales of Hoffmann." He also draws parallels between their influence and his own films, including "Raging Bull" and "The Age of Innocence," demonstrating the enduring impact of their cinematic vision.


The documentary delves into the fascinating partnership between Powell and Pressburger, who shared writing, producing, and directing credits in their films. While Powell is often credited with calling "Cut," Pressburger's conceptual input was equally significant, manifesting in their collaborative discussions and script development.


Scorsese highlights how the constraints of wartime propaganda paradoxically liberated Powell and Pressburger to create films that defied conventional expectations. Their 1943 film "The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp," with its irreverent portrayal of the military and its acknowledgment of "good Germans," notably drew the ire of Winston Churchill.


The title "Made in England" is a nod to the stamp that appeared at the end of their film "The Tales of Hoffmann." However, Scorsese subtly acknowledges the international scope of their work, with films also made in Hungary, Germany, and France, cementing their status as a global cinematic powerhouse.


Through this documentary, Scorsese celebrates the unique vision and enduring legacy of Powell and Pressburger, two filmmakers who, despite facing adversity and obscurity, created a body of work that continues to inspire and captivate audiences worldwide.




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