Michael Powell

Michael Powell

Ian Christie of the BFI has also written two books about him: "Powell, Pressburger and others" and "Arrows of Desire" both published through the BFI, London.

Ian Christie of the British Film Institute (BFI) has led a revival of interest in Powell's work. He has organized many Michael Powell Seasons at the BFI/NFT (British Film Institute/National Film Theatre) and initiated restoration work on many of Powell's classic films that were thought to be lost in their original form.

Kevin Gough-Yates pioneered the recovery of Powell's and Emeric Pressburger's reputations in Europe. He organized the first major retrospective of their works in 1970 at the National Film Theatre in London and published the seminal interview "Michael Powell in Collaboration with Emeric Pressburger". In 1973 Gough-Yates organized the Europalia exhibition at the Royal Film Archive, Belgium, and featured the Powell/Pressburger films as its main focus. Another important interview with Powell was again published. Subsequently he was the main catalyst in getting the films known throughout Europe.

1957: Member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival.

1970: The BFI held its first Powell and Emeric Pressburger retrospective. Fourteen films were shown and the booklet "Michael Powell in Collaboration with Emeric Pressburger" by Kevin Gough-Yates was published to accompany the season.

1978: Awarded Hon DLitt, University of East Anglia.

1978: Awarded Hon DLitt, University of Kent.

1978: The BFI held a complete retrospective showing all the extant works of Powell and Emeric Pressburger. The book "Powell, Pressburger and Others" by Ian Christie was published to accompany this.

1981: Made fellow of BAFTA.

1983: Made fellow of the British Film Institute (BFI).

1987: Awarded Hon Doctorate, Royal College of Arts.

2002: The Donostia-San Sebastián film festival included a retrospective showing 43 films by Powell. This was the largest number of his films that has ever been seen in one place -- so far.

Although he was still married to Frankie Reidy, he lived for some years with Pamela Brown until her death in 1975.

Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume One, 1890-1945". Pages 882-888. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1987.

Father of Columba Powell and Kevin Powell

He and his first wife Gloria only stayed together for three weeks before they decided to get a divorce.

In "Who's Who", he listed his recreation as "Leaning on gates".

Powell has been quoted as saying that A Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate (1923) had a very critical impact on his career.

Was introduced to his wife Thelma Schoonmaker by Martin Scorsese.

Was voted the 22nd Greatest Director of all time by Entertainment Weekly.