In filmmaking circles, the auteur theory views the director as the creative impetus behind each film, fighting to preserve a singular cinematic vision. While cinema history is rife with idiosyncratic talents, however, movies have an equally long tradition of collaboration. One such pairing that produced an unparalleled body of work was the Archers, the partnership of British filmmakers Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. Guided by a shared belief that movies should provide artistically uncompromising views of real-world truths, Powell and Pressburger crafted some of the key films of the 1940s and 1950s. While screenplays tended to originate with Pressburger, the final script was owed to spirited back-and-forth revisions with Powell, just as Powell's direction was shaped by Pressburger's suggestions. Serving as their own producers, Powell and Pressburger possessed the freedom to pursue projects away from studio influence, resulting in works that remain stunningly original. Such enduring ingenuity fills nearly every frame of "The Archers Redux," the latest retrospective hosted by Take-Up Productions at Trylon microcinema. Although the popular standout may be the dazzling Technicolor classic The Red Shoes (1948), the series also offers the opportunity to marvel at three frequently overlooked gems: The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943), I Know Where I'm Going! (1945), and Stairway to Heaven (1946). $8. Films screen each weekend through December, with a special Christmas screening of The Red Shoes.
Fridays-Sundays; Tuesdays. Starts: Nov. 30. Continues through Dec. 30, 2012