Powell + Pressburger: The Archers


Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger were a British directing team known as The Archers; they made 19 films together, mostly in the 1940s and the 1950s. 

Two of their best known films are The Red Shoes and Black Narcissus; both remain in high regard and are easy to find. After watching Black Narcissus for the first time a couple weeks ago, I was surprised to learn it was directed by a team of writer-producer-directors. It felt very much like the work of an auteur with a strong point of view and individual style; when I think of current filmmakers whose work I admire, they're solo artists with idiosyncratic internal compasses to guide their art. The strange thing about The Archers is that they were auteurs together. 

Also check out the coffee set-up of the louche inhabitant of the Himalayas who all the nuns have the hots for in Black Narcissus. Blue Bottle would charge $7 for a cup, at least.

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