Landscape and Vision
Landscape and Vision - Powell and Pressburger’s A Canterbury Tale 1944-2014 is a film essay produced by Bryan Hawkins and Eddie McMillan of the University’s Powell Research Group.
It was made to mark the 70th anniversary of Michael Powell’s 1944 neo-romantic masterpiece ‘A Canterbury Tale’, and to celebrate its contemporary relevance. Michael Powell viewed the film as a fairy-tale, but it is also a complex, questioning and even subversive film connected to significant and diverse themes.
It is also a film that has grown in stature, significance and popularity in the seventy years since its release and, although clearly set in a nostalgic and vanished past, its resonances and echoes enter our present.
Landscape and Vision has been made with the support of Powell’s widow, the Oscar winning film editor Thelma Schoonmaker-Powell, and includes the voices of Martin Scorsese, and Lady Sheila Attenborough - who played one of the leading roles in Powell’s 1944 film. The film has been made with material drawn from the Powell Archive at Canterbury Christ Church University, BBC Motion, ITN Source and The Criterion Collection. Landscape and Vision conjures a trans-historical, magical landscape alongside, and simultaneous with, Powell and Pressburger’s film and the particularities and actualities of Canterbury and England in 1944
The 20 minute film reflects on the landscape observed and the vision imagined in 1944 and suggests their powerful and significant resonances with the present.