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Watch: Rare Footage Of Martin Scorsese & Michael Powell On The Set Of ‘The King Of Comedy’

Watch: Rare Footage Of Martin Scorsese & Michael Powell On The Set Of 'The King Of Comedy'

The short version of the story goes like this. In 1960, Michael Powell of the famed Powell & Pressburger directorial team, struck out on his own and helmed “Peeping Tom.” The result? Critics and British industry savaged the movie at the time, and he found himself essentially excommunicated and exiled. However, he was championed by the new school of American filmmakers, Martin Scorsese, in particular. It was through him that he met his future wife, editor Thelma Schoonmaker, and the rest is history.

The interwebs serves a brief but lovely document of their friendship, as some footage of Powell visiting Scorsese on the set of “The King of Comedy” has surfaced. It seems to be an excerpt from a longer documentary about Powell, but regardless, it’s quick glance behind the scenes of Scorsese’s film as well as some kind words from the director about his hero. It’s some pretty charming stuff all around. Give it a spin below. Update: also found footage of Powell and Francis Ford Coppola touring Zoetrope Studios, watch below.

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frank franklinin

its taken from a documentary by the (always excellent) bbc arena series called Michael Powell: A Pretty British Affair and is available to view in full with a quick google search x


Is that Roman Coppola trailing Francis and Michael?


Scorsese is on cocaine in that clip.


It's incredible to see this footage. Thanks!


Criterion NEEDS to do a release of 'The King of Comedy'

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