Martin Scorsese Unveils Tribute To Powell And Pressburger

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February 17, 2014 | 11:19am EST

Hollywood director Martin Scorsese unveiled a blue plaque tribute in honor of British filmmaking duo Powell and Pressburger in London on Monday.
Writers/directors/producers Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, the duo responsible for iconic films such as The Red Shoes and A Matter of Life and Death, were honored with a permanent memorial at the site of the production company’s office in Marylebone.
Scorsese, who is a big fan of the late moviemakers, was on hand to unveil the blue plaque at Dorset House, along with Powell’s film editor widow Thelma Schoonmaker.
Also present at the ceremony was actor/funnyman Stephen Fry, who tweeted, “Just attended super blue plaque ceremony for Powell & Pressburger: Thelma Schoonmaker/Marty Scorsese spoke brilliantly about the 2 greats.”
Scorsese previously teamed with Schoonmaker, his longterm movie editor, to launch a fundraising campaign to have 1948 film The Red Shoes restored.
The revamped version was screened by the moviemaker at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival in France.
The legendary director has previously said, “The Red Shoes has come to mean so much to me over the years… Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger… (their) creative partnership is one of film history’s true miracles.”
Powell died in 1990, aged 84, and Pressburger passed away in 1988 at the age of 85.