January 2, 2017


Emeric Pressburger (1902-1988) b. Miskolc, Hungary.

Emeric Pressburger

Writer, director and producer of Hungarian origin. After studying in Prague and Stuttgart, Pressburger worked as a journalist before screenwriting for Austrian and German films. In 1936 he fled Germany due to Hitler’s rise to power, and after one year in France eventually settled in England. Writing scripts for Alexander Korda‘s London Films, he was brought him into contact with Michael Powell, with whom he would begin a long-running association.

Along with Powell, simultaneously co-scriptwriting and co-producing, they founded The Archers production company in 1942 and collaborated on fifteen films. Amongst their most outstanding productions were The 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) and The Tales of Hoffmann (1951). Unaccompanied, he directed Twice Upon to Time (1953), and wrote and produced Miracle in Soho (1957). In addition to that he was the author of Killing a Mouse on Sunday, a novel that Fred Zinnemann took to the cinema under the title of Behold to Pale Horse (1964).

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