Friday, September 30, 2005

100 years ago today...

Happy Centennial, Mr. Powell.


At 12:02 PM, Blogger girish said...

Powell's such a genius--why isn't he a household name? He should be.

Ben, I also love some of his lesser known stuff a lot, like "The Small Back Room" and "A Canterbury Tale" and even "Tales Of Hoffman". Wondering: what are your favorites? (or is that a stupid question, given the above pix...)

At 12:04 PM, Blogger girish said...

And that lipstick scene in Black Narcissus has got to be one of my all-time spine tinglers. (No horror movie can match that).

At 12:29 PM, Blogger Ben said...

Well, I'm working my way through The Archers's filmography. Part of the joy (at least for me) is the fact that I have to work for these movies-- I can't just Netflix them, I have to track the bastards down. That's a long way of saying that there's much left to see.
Small Back Room was the most recent film I found and I thought it was such a wonderfully atypical film from P&P. I really loved it.
Still need to see Canterbury. Need to watch Hoffman all the way through. Sad confession: I made it 40 or so minutes in and started to choke. It's almost too rich and colorful and over-the-top.
As for my favorite of favorites-- I go with Narcissus (closely followed by Red Shoes, Matter of Life and Death, I Know Where I'm Going!, Small Back Room, ah hell... followed by all of them, really...)

At 3:01 PM, Blogger girish said...

Yeah, fantastic films, all of those.
I'm also irrationally attached to Peeping Tom, Blimp and Thief Of Bagdad. I saw Tales Of Hoffman in a restored print on the big screen, and I like how it's self-consciously operatic and baroque and gonzo (which makes sense, I guess, given its source).
I also have a buncha stuff I've taped off TCM over the years that I haven't seen yet: Ill Met By Moonlight, One Of Our Aircraft Is Missing, etc.
The List--it never ends.

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