SCREENING AS PART OF THE BFI'S CINEMA UNBOUND: THE CINEMA OF POWELL & PRESSBURGER FILM SEASON
“...a sublime and utterly distinctive romantic comedy, set towards the end of the second world war.” The Guardian
Playing as part of the BFI's nationwide celebration - CINEMA UNBOUND - championing the work of filmmaking duo Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, this heady romantic masterpiece has never looked or sounded finer than in this revelatory restoration from the BFI National Archive.
Headstrong Joan Webster (a wondrous Wendy Hiller) sets off, wedding dress in tow, to marry a rich older man on a remote Hebridean island. Stranded on Mull thanks to the weather, Joan finds herself struggling to cope with the unplanned turn of events. Powell and Pressburger weave their course of true love through flashes of surrealism, a life-threatening whirlpool and an ancient curse, disarming and enchanting in equal measure. But this is a film where small moments count the most – a cigarette passed between two windows or a slip on a ladder – as they build by stealth into something overwhelming. By the end we are left breathless and desperate to book the next night train and ferry to Mull.