Powell, Michael (1905–90) and Pressburger, Emeric (1902–88) Powell and Pressburger were one of the most influential director/screenwriter partnerships in cinema history. Their collaboration began with The Spy in Black (1939). Their production company, The Archers, produced some of Britain's greatest film masterpieces. Their wartime films, such as The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943), A Canterbury Tale (1944) and A Matter of Life and Death (1946), were intended as propaganda pieces. Other classics include Black Narcissus (1946) and The Red Shoes (1948).
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