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  • Underrated Powell

    A follow up to the Hitchcock thread below, which is the most underrated Michael Powell film?
    The end is too damn nigh.

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    I've seen four of his films, and they are all underrated.

    The 49th Parallel is the one I watched most recently, and my favorite. A pulse-pounding, subversive war film about Nazi stranded in Canada and on the run. It's the kind of thing that you see so rarely nowadays, because the protag is an irredeemably awful person, especially given the fact that WWII was in full swing at the time, and yet the film was still a huge hit.

    A Matter of Life and Death (aka Stairway to Heaven) is a splendid romantic fantasy that still has not come out on DVD. Hopefully Criterion has it in the pipeline.

    Peeping Tom is an incredibly creepy and influential serial killer film, and an excellent commentary on the booming torture porn genre to come.

    Black Narcissus is also well worth seeing. A smart melodrama about the troubles that fall upon the nuns trying to convert the natives in a Himalayan community.

    I've had the luck, too, of seeing Black Narcissus and A Matter of Life and Death on the cinema screen.

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      All of the films you mention are highly regarded by film critics and many directors. Scorsese, for one, is a huge Powell fan.

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        Most of his films have been well received so are there any Powell films out there that are underrated? Personally I thought Red Shoes was overrated.
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          Re: Underrated Powell

          Originally posted by Jake Schuster View Post
          All of the films you mention are highly regarded by film critics and many directors. Scorsese, for one, is a huge Powell fan.
          Certainly. But there's too little awareness of these films still, I think, even among film-savvy crowds.

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            Very true. In school we had an authorship class on Powell and Scorsese, not only was all but one student there for Scorsese, but at least ninety percent of us didn't even know who Powell was. Shame cause Stairway to Heaven is one of the best films ever made.
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