THE BOY WHO TURNED YEL­LOW

Pow­ell and Press­burger re­turned to fan­tasy for their fi­nal film...

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Michael Pow­ell and emeric Press­burger made their first film to­gether in 1939 and their last in 1972. De­spite their lofty sta­tus in the 1940s, Pow­ell’s rep­u­ta­tion in par­tic­u­lar took a bash­ing with his con­tro­ver­sial (but now revered) 1960 pic­ture,

Peep­ing Tom. So, it’s some­what stag­ger­ing to note that the fi­nal film of that great cin­ema part­ner­ship was a low-bud­get fan­tasy made for the Chil­dren’s Film Foun­da­tion. The Boy Who Turned Yel­low was di­rected by Pow­ell from a script by Press­burger and told the story of a boy who, af­ter los­ing his pet mouse, en­coun­ters a yel­low man who can travel through elec­tric­ity. A lit­tle of the old magic shines through in its dreamy view of ’70s Lon­don, but it’s a fairly sorry end to a ca­reer that, three decades pre­vi­ously, out­shone ev­ery­thing else around it.

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