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Michael Powell

Michael Powell's biography

Michael Powell is 85 years old film director born at Kent. He was born on Saturday 30th of September 1905. He is often nicknamed as Mickey. According to year of birth 1905 he belongs to Greatest Generation. Birthday on 30th of September means he is Libra. Libra sign depicts that it is all about “Balance”. It seems that their life is very balanced, however, things are way opposite as they always face unstable situations in order to balance it further.

He is citizen of United Kingdom. His primary profession is to be film director. You can know him also as actor, screenwriter, film producer. He is recently known as writer.

Michael Powell's family

Michael Powell's ex spouse

Thelma Schoonmaker

Michael Powell and Thelma Schoonmaker have been together since 1984 for 6 years. She is known as film editor. His ex spouse was born on Wednesday 3rd of January 1940 in Algeria.

Michael Powell's schools

We found 1 school He attended. Name of the school: Dulwich College.

Michael Powell's career

His main focus is to be film director. He is famous thanks to Peeping Tom.

Michael Powell's partner

Pamela Brown

Michael Powell and Pamela Brown have been together.

How did Michael Powell die

He died on on Monday 19th of February 1990 when he was 85 years old at Gloucestershire. Michael Powells death was caused by cancer. It happend like natural causes.

Awards and competitions

Michael Powell's Awards

  • In 1978 he was awarded Hon DLitt, University of East Anglia.
  • In 1978 he was awarded Hon DLitt, University of Kent.
  • In 1987 he was awarded Hon Doctorate, Royal College of Arts.
  • The Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film at the Edinburgh International Film Festival is named in his honor.

Michael Powell's Nominations

  • He was nominated for Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay

What Michael Powell has done for a first time

  • In 1970 the BFI held its first Powell and Emeric Pressburger retrospective. Fourteen films were shown and the booklet "Michael Powell in Collaboration with Emeric Pressburger" by Kevin Gough-Yates was published to accompany the season.
  • He and his first wife Gloria only stayed together for three weeks before they decided to get a divorce.

Michael Powell's quotes

  • I make films for myself. What I express I hope most people will understand. For the rest, well, that's their problem.
  • My master in film, Buñuel [Luis Buñuel] was a far greater storyteller than I. It was just that in my films miracles occur on the screen.
  • [of his wife Frankie] In fact, if only I had been the perfect husband, she would have been the perfect wife.
  • We decided to go ahead with [David O. Selznick] the way hedgehogs make love: verrry carefully!
  • For ten years we had all been told to go out and die for freedom and democracy; but now the war was over. The Red Shoes (1948) told us to go out and die for art.
  • Actors and technicians were being demobbed [demobilized] every day. Very soon the only ham actor left in the combined forces would be General George S. Patton.
  • Art is merciless observation, sympathy, imagination, and a sense of detachment that is almost cruelty.
  • Everyone has heard of Canterbury if only because they murder archbishops there.
  • [1987] I got my first assignment as a director in 1927. I was slim, arrogant, intelligent, foolish, shy, cocksure, dreamy and irritating. Today, I'm no longer slim.
  • [After Peeping Tom (1960)] When they got me on my own [the critics] gleefully sawed off the limb and jumped up and down on the corpse.
  • The truth lies in black and white.
  • Seventy years ago there were men like D.W. Griffith and 70 years later--now--there are not many men like Martin Scorsese. But so long as there is one there will be others, and the art of the cinema will survive.
  • I am the teller of the tale, not the creator of the story.
  • Of course, all films are surrealist. They are because they are making something that looks like a real world but isn't.
  • The only genius in films was Walt Disney.
  • [on Deborah Kerr] Deborah Kerr is enormously sensitive and responds to a director particularly. I think she could have gone on to become a very great actress, but she went on as a contract artist with MGM for just too long.
  • [on Peeping Tom (1960)] The film was full of compassion. But it was full of compassion for a diabolical murderer. But then for me he wasn't a diabolical murderer, he was a cameraman.

Michael Powell's body shape

Lets describe how Michael Powell looks. We will focus on his body shape. Body build is average.