The Small Back Room (1949) d. Powell and Pressburger des. Hein Heckroth

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Venue: Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PD
Booking details: Free entry; first come, first seated

Designing London

Following the Victoria & Albert Museum’s recent study day on British production design, focusing on Ken Adam, this series highlights the work of a range of great production designers who have all created distinctive visions of London.

The Small Back Room (1949) d. Powell and Pressburger  des. Hein Heckroth

After the lavish Technicolor spectacle of The Red Shoes, British filmmakers Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger retreated into the inward, shadowy recesses of this moody, crackling character study. Based on the acclaimed novel by Nigel Balchin, The Small Back Room details the professional and personal travails of troubled, alcoholic research scientist and military bomb-disposal expert Sammy Rice (David Farrar), who, while struggling with a complex relationship with secretary girlfriend Susan (Kathleen Byron), is hired by the government to advise on a dangerous new German weapon. Deftly mixing suspense and romance, The Small Back Room is an atmospheric, post–World War II gem.

(https://www.criterion.com/films/747-the-small-back-room)

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