film-making partnership of 'Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, also known as
The Archers, made a series of influential films in the 1940s and 1950s. In 1981 they were recognized for their contributions to British cinema with the BAFTA Academy Fellowship Award, the most prestigious award given by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.Their collaborations
were mainly from original stories by Pressburger with the script written by both Pressburger & Powell. Powell did the majority of the directing while Pressburger did most of the work of the producer and also assisted with the editing, especially the way the music was used. Unusually, the pair shared a writer
credit for most of their films.
Michael Powell was already an experienced director, having worked his way up from making silent films
to the First World War
drama The Spy in Black
(1939), his first film for Hungarian émigré producer Alexander Korda
. Emeric Pressburger, who had come from Hungary
in 1935, already worked for Korda, and was asked to do some rewrites for the film. This collaboration would be the first of nineteen, most over the next 18 years.
After Powell had made two further films for Korda, he was reunited with Pressburger in 1940
, the first in a run of Powell and Pressburger films set during the Second World War
. The second was 49th Parallel
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