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The Plot: How and why the film was made

In 1944, Powell and Pressburger wanted to make their film about why the British and the Americans should get along (A Matter of Life and Death) but were delayed because there were no Technicolor cameras available. (They were mainly being used to make US Army training films)

So they decided to make another film while they waited.

Emeric Pressburger: "Let's make a film about a girl who wants to get to an island, but who is delayed from getting there and when she can get there she no longer wants to."

Michael Powell: "Why does she want to go there?"

Emeric Pressburger: "Let's make the film and find out."

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