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Emeric Pressburger



The screenwriter half of the Powell/Pressburger team in association with Michael Powell, Hungarian-born Emeric Pressburger was a journalist before coming to films as a screenwriter in the late '20s. After working at Germany's UFA studios for several years, he fled after Hitler's rise to power and eventually came to England, where he joined London Films as a screenwriter and began his association with Michael Powell, a gifted young English filmmaker. The two worked together on The Spy in Black, and after leaving London Films, formed a filmmaking partnership -- known corporately as The Archers -- in which they shared joint screenwriter-producer-director credit. Their collaborations together included 49th Parallel, One of Our Aircraft Is Missing, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, A Canterbury Tale, I Know Where I'm Going, Stairway to Heaven (A Matter of Life and Death), Black Narcissus, The Red Shoes, The Small Back Room, and The Tales of Hoffmann, most of which were extremely successful internationally, although British critics frequently gave their films mixed reviews. The partnership split up after 1956, and Pressburger returned to writing after one attempt at directing (Twice Upon a Time) and producing (Miracle in Soho). Pressburger's novel Killing a Mouse on Sunday was later adapted into the movie Behold a Pale Horse. The perception of many of those around them was in the Powell/Pressburger partnership, Powell was the partly out-of-control genius, while Pressburger was the force that focused the team onto their most viable projects.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet They're a Weird Mob
  • Screenwriter
1966
60% Operation Crossbow
  • Screenwriter
1965
80% The Battle of the River Plate (Pursuit of the Graf Spee)
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Director
1956
No Score Yet Oh... Rosalinda!!
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1956
80% The Small Back Room
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Actor
1952
85% The Tales of Hoffmann
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1951
No Score Yet Gone to Earth
  • Screenwriter
1950
85% A Canterbury Tale
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Producer
1949
96% The Red Shoes
  • Actor
  • Director
1948
100% I Know Where I'm Going
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Producer
1947
100% Black Narcissus
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
1947
95% Stairway to Heaven (A Matter of Life and Death)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1947
No Score Yet Wanted for Murder
  • Screenwriter
1946
96% The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1943
No Score Yet The Silver Fleet
  • Producer
1943
No Score Yet One of Our Aircraft Is Missing
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
1942
88% 49th Parallel (The Invaders)
  • Screenwriter
1941
No Score Yet Sons of the Sea
  • Screenwriter
1941
100% Contraband
  • Screenwriter
1940
100% The Spy in Black
  • Screenwriter
1939
No Score Yet Abschied
  • Screenwriter
1930
No Score Yet Mein Herz ruft nach dir (My Heart Calls You)
  • Screenwriter

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