A return visit to the island of Foula, with members of the original cast and crew of The Edge of the World, including Powell, John Laurie, Grant Sutherland, Sydney Streeter and Frankie Reidy Powell. In the form of a prelude and epilogue to the 1940 version (62 minutes) of this 1937 film.
The screening of Powell-Pressburger films in expensively restored prints serves as a reminder of this mortality of the medium, and a celebration of its intrinsically cinematic features at a time when television threatens to incorporate the many dialects of cinema into an unidiomatic Esperanto. BBC Television in fact played a noble part in helping to revive The Archers' work, making an important contribution to the restoration of A Canterbury Tale and Blimp, as well as enabling Powell in 1978 to update his Edge of the World, a short but telling account of its place in both his and British cinema's career.
Ian Christie (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger: Arrows of Desire)