Michael Powell
(1905-1990)

Died aged c. 85

Michael Latham Powell (30 September 1905 – 19 February 1990) was an English film director, celebrated for his partnership with Emeric Pressburger. Through their production company "The Archers", they together wrote, produced and directed a series of classic British films, notably 49th Parallel (1941), The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943), A Matter of Life and Death (1946, also called Stairway to Heaven), Black Narcissus (1947), The Red Shoes (1948), and The Tales of Hoffmann (1951). His later controversial 1960 film Peeping Tom, while today considered a classic, was so vilified on first release that his career was seriously damaged. Many film-makers such as Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola and George A. Romero have cited Powell as an influence. In 1981, he received the BAFTA Academy Fellowship Award along with his partner Pressburger, the highest honour the British Film Academy can give a filmmaker.

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Michael Powell 1905-1990 film director lived here 1951-1971

8 Melbury Road, London, United Kingdom where they lived

Centenary Of Cinema 1996 #056

The English film-maker Michael Powell (1905-1990) was born in this house

Howletts Farmhouse, Bekesbourne Lane, Bekesbourne, United Kingdom where they was born (1905)

Michael Powell 1905-1990 Emeric Pressburger 1902-1988 film-makers worked here in flat 120

Dorset House, Gloucester Place, Marylebone, NW1 5AG, London, United Kingdom where they worked