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Emeric Pressburger

Emeric Pressburger

Date of Birth: Dec 5, 1902

Country: Hungary

Biography: Pressburger began a career as a journalist in Hungary and Germany, he turned to screenwriting in the late 1920s, working for UFA in Berlin. The rise of the Nazis forced him to flee to Paris, where he again worked as screenwriter, and then to London. In England he found a small community of Hungarian film-makers who had fled the Nazis, including Alexander Korda, who employed him as a screenwriter. There he met Michael Powell, their partnership would produce the finest British films of the period.

Total Credits at Criticker: 1 (Actor), 15 (Director), 32 (Writer)

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    The Boy Who Turned Yellow (1972)
    Mark Dightam and his class go on a school trip to the Tower of London. While he is there he loses his pet mouse and vows to return and find her later. Back in school, he is not very attentive and falls asleep during a lesson about electricity so his teacher sends him home. On the 'tube' there is a sudden flash & Mark, the train & everyone on it have turned yellow... (imdb)
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    They're a Weird Mob (1966)
    Nino Culotta is an Italian immigrant who arrived in Australia with the promise of a job as a journalist on his cousins magazine, only to find that when he gets there the magazine's folded, the cousins done a runner & the money his cousin sent for the fare was borrowed from the daughter of the boss of a local construction firm. So Nino tries to get a job & finishes up ... laying bricks. (imdb)
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    Operation Crossbow (1965)
    This is the story of the methods used to defeat Hitler's V1 (doodlebug) and V2 (rocket) "revenge weapons" towards the end of the second world war. Even though the Nazis were in retreat these weapons could have turned their defeat into victory. The film includes references to Hannah Reich, who in real life was a test pilot and really did fly some of the first 'flying bombs'. (imdb)
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    Behold a Pale Horse (1964)
    Manuel Artiguez, a famous bandit during the Spanish civil war, has lived in French exile for 20 years. When his mother is dying he considers visiting her secretly in his Spanish home town. But his biggest enemy, the Spanish police officer Vinolas, prepared a trap at the hospital as a chance to finally catch Artiguez. (imdb)
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    Ill Met by Moonlight (1957)
    Based on the true story of how, during World War II, a gang of desparadoes (British officers enlisted for "hostilities only" and local partisans) went to the occupied island of Crete and kidnapped a German General from under the nose of his army. That was the easy bit !!! They then had to get him back to Cairo, dodging an intense air and land search. (imdb)
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    Miracle in Soho (1957)
    Michael Morgan operates a pneumatic drill with a road resurfacing crew. He also operates on the girls in whatever street he happens to be working on. When a job takes him to London's Soho he is soon up to his usual games, but starts to realise there is something special about Julie, who is preparing with her Italian family to emigrate to Canada. (imdb)
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    The Battle of the River Plate (1956)
    Set during the early years of World War II, the War in the Atlantic. The Royal Navy was fighting a desperate battle to keep the convoy routes open to keep the British Isles supplied. One great danger was the surface raiders, huge cruisers called "pocket battleships" that slipped out of German waters just before war was declared... (imdb)
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    Oh... Rosalinda!! (1955)
    "Die Fledermaus" (The Bat) is the pseudonym adopted by Dr Falke. Floating on the buoyant waltzes of Strauss, this Viennese romp is sure to please. Disguises, tricks and every kind of deception combine to reveal a would-be cheat in hot pursuit of his own wife, much to his chagrin... (imdb)
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    The Tales of Hoffmann (1951)
    This a film version of the opera "The Tales of Hoffmann", however it is NOT just a film of a staged performance... (imdb)
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    Gone to Earth (1950)
    Hazel Woodus is a beautiful but innocent country girl who loves all the creatures around her, especially her pet fox cub. She is given a rough time by her father but can escape to run barefoot through the woods when her harsh life gets too much for her... (imdb)
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    The Elusive Pimpernel (1950)
    A British aristocrat goes in disguise to France to rescue people from The Terror of the guillotine. (imdb)
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    The Small Back Room (1949)
    The best bomb disposal officer during World War II was badly injured and is in frequent pain. He finds solace and relief from his pain in the whisky bottle & the pills that are never far away. A new type of booby trapped bomb push his nerves & resolution to the limit. (imdb)
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    The Red Shoes (1948)
    Under the authoritarian rule of charismatic ballet impressario Boris Lermontov, his proteges realize the full promise of their talents, but at a price: utter devotion to their art and complete loyalty to Lermontov himself. Under his near-obsessive guidance, young ballerina Victoria Page is poised for superstardom, but earns Lermontov's scorn when she falls in love with Julian Craster, composer of "The Red Shoes," the ballet Lermontov is staging to showcase her talents. (imdb)
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    Black Narcissus (1947)
    Anglican nuns, led by the stern Sister Clodagh, attempt to establish a religious community in the Himalayas, and must battle not only suspicious locals and the elements, but their own demons as well. (imdb)
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    The End of the River (1947)
    A South American Indian is taken from his jungle home into the world of the White Man where he is forced to stand trial for murder. The story of how this happened and how he got into trouble is told in flashback. (imdb)
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    A Matter of Life and Death (1946)
    A British wartime aviator who cheats death must argue for his life before a celestial court. (imdb)
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    A Voice in the Night (1946)
    The son of a Victorian hangman is driven insane by thoughts of his father's profession. The young man emulates his father by strangling young women. He then meets and falls in love with a woman but can he suppress his urge to kill her? (imdb)
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    I Know Where I'm Going! (1945)
    Young middle-class Englishwoman Joan Webster is determined to have the finer things in life, and to that end she plans to marry Sir Robert Bellinger... (imdb)
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    A Canterbury Tale (1944)
    A 'Land Girl', an American GI, and a British soldier find themselves together in a small Kent town on the road to Canterbury... (imdb)
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    The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)
    The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943), transcends its narrow wartime propaganda to portray in warm-hearted detail the life and loves of one extraordinary man (imdb)
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    The Silver Fleet (1943)
    Jaap van Leyden is in charge of a shipyard in newly occupied Holland. At first he collaborates with the Germans because it is the easiest course to follow. Later a child's rhyme reminds him of his patriotic duty, but how best to resist the Nazis without endangering his wife and fellow workers ? (imdb)
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    The Volunteer (1943)
    The Volunteer (1943) - Short Film
    A war recruitment film for the Fleet Air Arm done in a semi-documentary style.
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    Squadron Leader X (1943)
    Equipped with an RAF uniform, an English accent, a photograph of his "wife" and a packet of Players (cigarettes), a German agent is parachuted into occupied Belgium to create anti-British propaganda. Unfortunately for him he chooses a night when the Belgian resistance are smuggling the crew of a British bomber home across the channel. Before he knows it he is landing on the south coast of England. With MI5 hot on his trail, the fugitive tries to contact his old German émigré friends in London.
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    One of Our Aircraft Is Missing (1942)
    During the Allied Bombing offensive of World War II the public was often informed that "A raid took place last night over ..., One (or often more) of Our Aircraft Is Missing". Behind these sombre words hid tales of death, destruction and derring-do. This is the story of one such bomber crew who were shot down and the brave Dutch patriots who helped them home. (imdb)
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    Rings on Her Fingers (1942)
    In this romantic comedy, a pair of swindlers convince a young girl to pretend to fall in love with a man they believe is a millionaire, but the plan backfires.
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    Breach of Promise (1942)
    Peter Conway (Clive Brook) is a playwright and his new play is having its first night. At the party afterwards Peter is kissed by a woman he claims not to know. The woman is Pamela ('Judy Campbell'). At first she persues him but then produces some letters where he declared his undying love for her and she sues him for Breach of Promise. But Peter has a nice scheme to defeat her plan - he marries her. She then does her best to bankrupt him. But why does she want to destroy him? (imdb)
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    49th Parallel (1941)
    A damaged U-boat is stranded in a Canadian bay in the early years of World War II. The Fanatical Nazi captain and his crew must reach the neutral United States or be captured. Along the way they meet a variety of characters each with their own views on the war and nationalism. In this film Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger show their ideas of why the United States should join the Allied fight against the Nazis. (imdb)
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    Contraband (1940)
    This is the tale of life in a British port in the first year of World War II. Spies and smugglers abound in the blackout and unreal shore life of the "phoney war" (before the shooting started). (imdb)
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    The Spy in Black (1939)
    When a German U-Boat captain is sent on a spying mission to the North of Scotland during World War One, he finds more than he bargained for in his contact, the local schoolmistress. (imdb)
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    One Rainy Afternoon (1936)
    Actor Philippe Martin and his married date Yvonne plan to neck in a darkened cinema, but he gets the wrong seat and mistakenly kisses lovely Monique, a publisher's daughter. An absurd scandal results; to protect Yvonne, Philippe insists that he was simply overcome by Monique's beauty. This naturally intrigues Monique...but her nominal fiancée feels differently. French bureaucracy is broadly satirized. (imdb)
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    Sehnsucht 202 (1932)
    A musical comedy set in Vienna. The title refers to the name of a perfume. Two young women reply to newspaper advertisements but their replies are confused. The two young directors of the perfume company initially have different intentions towards the girls but it all gets sorted out in the end.
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    Abschied (1930)
    Hella lives in a boarding house and has various romantic adventures before settling down with vacuum cleaner salesman Winkler. (imdb)
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