Sound Of Cinema: The Essay: Praising Powell & Pressburger

Monday 23 September



In the first of a week of Essays on Powell and Pressburger, ballerina, writer and broadcaster Deborah Bull gives a dancer's perspective on Powell and Pressburger's best-known film, The Red Shoes, starring Moira Shearer, and based on the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy-tale.

Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, together known as The Archers, were one of the most influential and audacious film-makers of the 1930s and 40s. Their ground-breaking works include The Red Shoes, The Life And Death Of Colonel Blimp, A Matter Of Life And Death and Black Narcissus.

Deborah Bull joined The Royal Ballet in 1981 and became a Principal Ballerina in 1992. After her 20-year career in ballet, she went on to become Creative Director of the Royal Opera House, as well as an author and broadcaster. She is currently Director of Cultural Partnerships at King's College, London.

BBC’s Sound of Cinema season is dedicated to exploring the composers, songs and film scores that form the soundtrack to the big screen. The season started on 12 September on BBC Four, accompanied by three weeks of programming on BBC Radio 3. Further programmes take place on BBC Radio 6 Music, Radios 1 & 1xtra, Radio 2 and the Asian network.

Read by/ Deborah Bull, Producer/ Justine Willett for the BBC

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