Emeric Pressburger

Emeric Pressburger: The Life and Death of a Screenwriter

by Kevin Macdonald

Kevin Macdonald is the Oscar-winning director of One Day in September, Into the Void, The Last King of Scotland, State of Play and Eagle of the Ninth. He has written a biography of his grandfather, Emeric Pressburger, and is the co-editor with Mark Cousins of Imagining Reality: The Faber Book of Documentary. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Foreword by Billy Wilder
Kevin Macdonald (ed)
Foreword by Billy Wilder
Faber and Faber Limited, 1994
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    978-0-5711-7829-2 (paperback)

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Kevin Macdonald (ed)
Foreword by Billy Wilder
Emeric Pressburger
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A Hungarian Jew who lived and worked in half a dozen European countries before arriving in Britain in 1935, Pressburger’s reputation rests on the series of strikingly original films he made in collaboration with Michael Powell under the banner of The Archers. The Red Shoes, A Matter of Life and Death, Black Narcissus and The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp all bear the unique credit ‘Written, Produced and Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’.

Frequently controversial, always experimental, The Archers suffered a long period of neglect before being rediscovered by such prominent admirers as Martin Scorsese, Derek Jarman and Francis Ford Coppola.

Written by his grandson, and containing extracts from private diaries and correspondence, this biography defends the notion of film as a collaborative art and illuminates the adventurous life and work of the film-maker who brought continental grace and style to British cinema.