Million-dollar Movie

Million-dollar Movie

Million-dollar Movie

In this second volume of his autobiography, controversial film-maker Michael Powell, who died in 1990, offers an account of his life in the cinema industry, the many good and the many awful people he insulted, disliked and loved, and his arguments with film-company bosses. Shunned after the first screening of "Peeping Tom", which astonished his 1960s audience, Powell went to ground for many years until the young Martin Scorsese, a Powell admirer since childhood, went in search of his mentor and brought him back to New York. These events and many more from his latter-day career are recounted with the eccentricity and other characteristics which made Powell one of Britain's leading film-makers.

From Publishers Weekly
This outspoken, splendidly rambling memoir is the great British director's (d. 1990) follow-up to his A Life in the Movies. While the earlier volume discusses the making of the eccentric and opulent Red Shoes (1948) and Black Narcissus (1947), Powell chronicles here a career in decline, one bottoming out with the much-derided Peeping Tom (1960), a study of voyeurism to be celebrated only by a later generation of filmmakers-among them Francis Ford Coppola, who serenaded a delighted Powell in a...

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