Capital Celluloid 2023 — Day 343: Sun Dec 10

The Small Back Room (Powell, 1949): BFI Southbank, NFT2, 6.30pm

This film, on an extended run at BFI Southbank, is a new BFI National Archive restoration for the most underrated film in the Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger canon. It runs as part of the film makers' season at the cinema - full details here

Chicago Reader review:
Cut to ribbons by its original American distributor, this 1949 film remains the most elusive of Michael Powell's mature works. David Farrar stars as a crippled, alcoholic bomb expert who tries to solve the secret of a new Nazi device—small bombs made to look like toys that explode when children pick them up. With Kathleen Byron, memorable as the mad nun of Powell's Black Narcissus, and Jack Hawkins, Anthony Bushell, and Michael Gough.
Dave Kehr

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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