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Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP26 Nov 2011 5:29 p.m. PST

Well, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger made a number of outstanding films but which is the most outstanding. A matter of life and death (with its stairway to heaven) is a strong contender. But then I know where I;m going is a tender joy, and Black narcissus is just a superb piece of cinematogrophy. Then again you'd have to be mad not to love The Red Shoes.

Contraband (1940)
49th Parallel (1941)
One of Our Aircraft Is Missing (1942)
Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)
A Canterbury Tale (1944)
I Know Where I'm Going! (1945)
A Matter of Life and Death (1946)
Black Narcissus (1947)
The Red Shoes (1948)
The Small Back Room (1949)
The Elusive Pimpernel (1950)
Gone to Earth (1950)
The Tales of Hoffmann (1951)
Oh… Rosalinda!! (1955)
The Battle of the River Plate (1956)
Ill Met by Moonlight (1957)

I have a bad feeling that River Plate will win go on TMP amaze me now.

Personal logo Cardinal Hawkwood Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member26 Nov 2011 5:46 p.m. PST

hmm a hard one for "I know where I am going" and Blimp but…

Personal logo Florida Tory Supporting Member of TMP26 Nov 2011 7:35 p.m. PST

I have no problem voting for River Plate/Pursuit of the Graf Spee. I enjoy any movie with Anthony Quayle in it.


Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP26 Nov 2011 7:48 p.m. PST

Black Narcissus. Atmospheric, terrific camera work, cinematography and Deborah Kerr. On the other hand, River Plate is a great war movie.

Plynkes Inactive Member27 Nov 2011 4:40 a.m. PST

I loved 'Black Narcissus', but that chap bounding around in his really short shorts and talking with his Armstrong and Miller patter just had me rolling on the floor laughing. In fact most of the dialogue and frenzied over-acting did. Still a great film, though.

'A Canterbury Tale' is an always enjoyable, if slightly bizarre experience.

Ivan the Reasonable Inactive Member27 Nov 2011 9:36 a.m. PST

Agree with "A Canterbury Tale" It's worth watching for the location scenes alone. Talk about "The past is a foreign country" Matt.

Joppyuk Inactive Member27 Nov 2011 10:21 a.m. PST

I would go for 'Blimp' and 'Plate' in that order, but really ought to plump for 'one of our aircraft is missing' as a lot of it was filmed in my home town of Boston (representing Holland), with a nightime shot of a lorry crossing the bridge very cleverly cropped to miss out the famous 'Stump', which was just out of shot to the right, the swing bridge to the dock, over the Witham used as part of the climax, and other local landmarks being recognizable.

Ron W DuBray Inactive Member27 Nov 2011 6:17 p.m. PST

not seen any of them.

goragrad27 Nov 2011 10:30 p.m. PST

River Plate. Have to say I don't know if I have actually seen all of any of the rest.

Sane Max Inactive Member28 Nov 2011 1:44 a.m. PST

Whaaa? How can there be any debate? 'A Matter of Life and Death' by a mile! David Niven, hammy acting, cutting edge SF effects, cute American Girl – what's not to love?

It is only spoiled for me and my kids by the way he discards his lovely sheepskin lined flying jacket on the beach. My eldest daughter has always wanted one of those.


Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP28 Nov 2011 2:08 a.m. PST

Although at that point he is convinced that he is dead.

Huscarle28 Nov 2011 4:25 a.m. PST

I've seen 11 of these films and although it's hard to select a favourite as most are so good; I will plumb for the following in order of preference:-

"The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp" (cracking film about friendship and changing values in war; Churchill hated it because of the "good German" character).
"The Small Back Room" (excellent film about the UXB teams and small inter-departmental politics).
"I Know Where I'm Going" (a really good romance set in the Scottish isles, money or love).

Powell & Pressburger were such a superb team.

Martin Rapier28 Nov 2011 6:15 a.m. PST

I'll be soppy and go with 'A Matter of Life and Death'.

Followed by Blimp.

britishlinescarlet2 Inactive Member28 Nov 2011 7:43 a.m. PST

A Matter of Life and Death….they don't make 'em like that any more!

richarDISNEY Inactive Member28 Nov 2011 9:05 a.m. PST

Never seen any of them.

bobblanchett28 Nov 2011 11:17 a.m. PST

You Bah. stadt.;)
We can only choose one??

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP28 Nov 2011 1:41 p.m. PST

Make it 3 – i want "a matter of life and death", "black narcissus" and "the red shoes".

bobblanchett22 Nov 2017 11:52 p.m. PST

Finally saw the small back room last week.

Mad Guru Supporting Member of TMP24 Nov 2017 3:00 p.m. PST

Yep, "Small Back Room" is a great, under-appreciated and not well enough known movie.

I llove "A Matter of Life and Death" (retitled "Stairway To Heaven" when I watched it as a kid on TV), but I have to pick THE LIFE AND DEATH OF COLONEL BLIMP as number one.

grahambeyrout07 Dec 2017 11:51 a.m. PST

For me, it has got to be A Canterbury Tale, if only for sentimental reasons. I had spent a dreary existence in the cesspit of central London. The relief of getting out into rural Kent was immense. After only two days in the new place, I found myself surveying in Canterbury. That night I got home and found guess what film was on the telly.

AussieAndy Supporting Member of TMP13 Dec 2017 5:31 a.m. PST

Colonel Blimp. Wonderful film and seeing wartime London in colour is a bonus.

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