Powell and Pressburger—six syllables that mean cinematic passion. If you’re a certain kind of person, you need only see one movie by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger to be hooked. Let’s name a few. A Canterbury Tale (1944)—the most haunting movie about war and wishes granted ever made. I Know Where I’m Going (1945)—the most romantic movie ever made. Black Narcissus (1947)—the most hauntingly beautiful movie ever made. The Red Shoes (1948)—the movie that’s put more girls in pointe shoes than Swan Lake. Do you see what I’m getting at? And that’s just four of their 20 movies. The two men called themselves The Archers, and with a merry band of distinguished actors and artists they sent their arrows—their movies—straight to the heart. The film festival “Cinema Unbound” is led by the curator Robin Baker and expert teams from across the British Film Institute, and presents myriad other programs along with the films. There’s also a major new exhibition, opening at BFI Southbank on November 10, dedicated to The Red Shoes and designed by Simon Costin. —Laura Jacobs
The Cinema Unbound: The Creative Worlds of Powell + Pressburger program will also be featured at other theaters throughout the United Kingdom.