Film and TV

Flick Pick

Joined at the hip and in the editing room, the peerless co-writer/directors Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger have been called "the Lennon and McCartney of British cinema" because they brought artistic striving and a daring spirit of invention to every film they made together -- even the most commercial projects. Between 1941 and 1956, their Archer Films set a new standard for moviemaking in the U.K. The Denver Film Society program Powell & Pressburger: 100 Years, though curiously misnamed (apparently for the fact that Powell was born in 1905), will feature four of the collaborators' most interesting works.

I Know Where I'm Going! (1945) stars Wendy Hiller as a headstrong Englishwoman torn between two men on a remote Scottish isle; in the disarming and utterly original A Matter of Life and Death (1946) (U.S. title: Stairway to Heaven), Royal Air Force pilot David Niven discovers a strange afterlife. A Canterbury Tale (1944) provides a witty, charming look at the collision of American soldiers and their English hosts before the Allied invasion of France; and Black Narcissus (1947) is the filmmakers' opulent Technicolor treatment (cinematographer: Jack Cardiff) of a drama about British nuns swept up in the eroticism of India. It has the added attraction of having been promptly banned by the Catholic Church. Alas, The Red Shoes is not included here, but you can't have everything.

The series will screen Thursday through Saturday, January 13-15, at the Starz FilmCenter at the Tivoli, 900 Auraria Parkway. Audience discussion will follow each showing. For information and screening times, call 303-820-3456 or go to