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Dilys Powell

Sue Lawley's castaway is film critic Dilys Powell.

The castaway in Desert Island Discs this week is the film critic Dilys Powell. She began reviewing films for The Sunday Times in 1939, and since then her forthright and pithy comments have served as a natural accompaniment to the pleasures of going to the cinema. Today, at the age of 90, she still reviews three or four films a week and she'll be talking to Sue Lawley about her receipt of what she describes as "a very liberal education" from her lifelong devotion to the big screen.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Favourite track: I Remember It Well (from Gigi) by Honore and Grandmama
Book: Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
Luxury: Mouth organ with instructions

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40 minutes

Last on

Fri 28 Aug 1992 09:05

Music Played

  • Shirley Jones

    People Will Say We're In Love

    • Soundtrack Of Oklahoma.
    • Capitol Records.
  • Chip Gabey Ozzie and Chorus

    New York, New York

    • On The Town.
    • CBS.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Petruchka's Room (from Petrushka)

    Orchestra: The Boston Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Pierre Monteux

    • Rite Of Spring.
    • RCA Classics.
  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    Scheherazade

    Orchestra: The New York Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Leonard Bernstein

    • CBS.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Jesu, Joy of Mans Desiring from Cantata BWV 147

    Soloist: Dame Myra Hess

    • Piano Sonatas Nos 30 And 31.
    • EMI.
  • Rex Harrison

    I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face from My Fair Lady

    • My Fair Lady.
    • CBS.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    The Magic Flute Act 1

    Soloist: Anneliese Rothenberger, Walter Berry Orchestra: The Orchestra Of Bavarian State Opera Munich

    • Die Zauberflote.
    • EMI.
  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Honore and Grandmama

      I Remember It Well (from Gigi)

      • Gigi And An American In Paris.
      • MGM.
  • Book Choice

    • Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens

  • Luxury Choice

    • Mouth organ with instructions

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Presenter Sue Lawley
Interviewed Guest Dilys Powell

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