Threatening to throw someone off a yet to-be-completed skyscraper in a British gangster movie is to indulge in British noir neoclassicism at its finest. Like everything else in Britain, Brit noir has traditions to be observed, touchstones to be honored.
Docs In Sight
At a film market a few years ago, I once heard a prominent documentary sales agent say to a crowd of eager filmmakers that nobody cares about films about your family. Please dont make them.
Theres little point in citing all the different genres, plots, or wildly varying locations of Michael Powells films. His subject matterwhether B/W depictions of WWII pilots or bomb disposal experts or the sweetest adult love story youll ever see, or saturated 3-strip Technicolor depictions of Arabian Nights fairy tales, nuns in the Himalayas, English comic characters come to life, ballerinas casting love and life aside for art, or a serial killer murdering with a movie cameraactually remains constant.