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49th Parallel

Michael Powell

 
49th Parallel (Criterion DVD)

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  • United Kingdom
  • 1941
  • 123 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • English
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  • Spine #376

At once a compelling piece of anti-isolationist propaganda and a quick-witted wartime thriller, 49th Parallel is a classic early work from the inimitable British filmmaking team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. When a Nazi U-boat crew, headed by the ruthless Eric Portman, is stranded in Canada during the thick of World War II, the men evade capture by hiding out in a series of rural communities, before trying to cross the border into the still-neutral United States. Both soul-stirring and delightfully entertaining, 49th Parallel features a colorful cast of characters played by larger-than-life actors Laurence Olivier, Raymond Massey, Anton Walbrook, and Leslie Howard.

Cast

Philip Armstrong ScottLeslie Howard
Lieutenant Hirth Eric Portman
Andy Brock Raymond Massey
JohnnieLaurence Olivier
PeterAnton Walbrook
Lieutenant Kuhnecke Raymond Lovell
VogelNiall MacGinnis
AnnaGlynis Johns
The Factor Finlay Currie

Credits

DirectorMichael Powell
Original story and screenplayEmeric Pressburger
ProducerMichael Powell
ScenarioEmeric Pressburger and Rodney Ackland
MusicRalph Vaughan Williams
CinematographyFrederick Young
EditingDavid Lean

Disc Features

SPECIAL EDITION DOUBLE-DISC SET:

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Audio commentary by film and music historian Bruce Eder
  • The Volunteer, a 1943 Powell and Pressburger war-effort short starring Ralph Richardson
  • A Pretty British Affair, a BBC documentary on the careers of Powell and Pressburger, which considers their WWII-era collaborations and features rare footage of the filmmakers together
  • Excerpts from Michael Powell’s audio dictations for his autobiography
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: A new essay by film scholar Charles Barr and Powell’s 1941 premiere speech

    New cover by Eric Skillman

Film Essays

49th Parallel: The War Effort

By Charles Barr February 19, 2007

From Contraband in 1940 to A Matter of Life and Death in 1946, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger applied themselves single-mindedly to making films—eight of them in all—in direct and . . . Read more »


Film Essays

49th Parallel

By Bruce Eder December 09, 1990

Michael Powell’s 49th Parallel (originally released in the United States as The Invaders) is one of the great thrillers of World War II. It ranks alongside Hitchcock’s Foreign Correspondent as . . . Read more »

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Film Essays

49th Parallel: The War Effort

By Charles Barr February 19, 2007

From Contraband in 1940 to A Matter of Life and Death in 1946, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger applied themselves single-mindedly to making films—eight of them in all—in direct and . . . Read more »


Film Essays

49th Parallel

By Bruce Eder December 09, 1990

Michael Powell’s 49th Parallel (originally released in the United States as The Invaders) is one of the great thrillers of World War II. It ranks alongside Hitchcock’s Foreign Correspondent as . . . Read more »