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Scorsese salutes British film duo.

MOVIE director Martin Scorsese paid tribute to film-making greats Powell and Pressburger yesterday as he helped to unveil a plaque in their honour.

Following his visit to last night's Bafta Film Awards, Scorsese attended a ceremony launching the English Heritage blue plaque on the duo's London office.

Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger were behind some of the most celebrated British films of their era such as The Life And Death Of Colonel Blimp, Black Narcissus, The Red Shoes and A Matter Of Life And Death.

The plaque has been placed outside the office at Dorset House in Gloucester Place, Marylebone, which served as a base for their production company, The Archers, from 1942 to 1947.

The Wolf Of Wall Street director Scorsese - long an admirer of their work - said he was "very moved" when he was told their work was to be celebrated.

"I was about 10 years old when I first saw The Red Shoes. My father took me to see it in 1949. To realise that the riches came out of this building was extraordinary.

"It had to be rediscovered because we never saw the films in their complete form until the first retrospective in the 1970s. So over the years it was always a search mission to find out who they were.

"At one point we couldn't find anything written on them and we thought they were pseudonyms.

"I did meet Michael Powell in London in 1975 and we became friends for the last 15 years of his life."

He was accompanied by Powell's widow Thelma Schoonmaker at the launch.


Film director Martin Scorsese unveils a English Heritage blue plaque to >film makers Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger at Dorset House in London yesterday Sean Dempsey/PA

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Feb 18, 2014
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