Michael Powell (1955)

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This splendidly original British musical is an update of the Strauss opera Die Fledermaus set in postwar Vienna, though clearly based at Elstree Studios, with a marvellous international cast obviously enjoying itself under co-directors Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. Time has been kind to this stylish exercise, which was derided on its first release, and the CinemaScope and Eastman Colour design is a period joy. Michael Redgrave and Ludmilla Tcherina are the stars, with support from Anton Walbrook, reprising his La Ronde persona, and Mel Ferrer, and if you watch closely you might spot director John Schlesinger in uniform in a jeep. In its day, this went out in an unheralded double-bill with film noir classic The Big Combo.


A doctor in post-war Vienna uses a masked ball to get revenge on a friend for a humiliating drunken incident. Powell and Pressburger musical, with Anthony Quayle and Anton Walbrook.

Cast & Crew

Gen Orlovsky Anthony Quayle
Dr Falke Anton Walbrook
Maj Frank Dennis Price
Director Michael Powell
Director Emeric Pressburger

Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Assoc. British Pathe LtdAvailable on: DVD and Blu-ray