Play Dates


June 28 – July 4        New York, NY        FILM FORUM

July 5        Madison, WI        UW CINEMATHEQUE

August 3 – 4        Cleveland, OH        CLEVELAND CINEMATHEQUE

August 11        Los Angeles, CA        ACADEMY MUSEUM

August 24 & 26        Baltimore, MD        THE CHARLES

The Small Back Room Play Dates


United Kingdom, 1949
Director: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Producer: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Cast: David Farrar, Kathleen Byron, Jack Hawkins, Leslie Banks
Screenwriter: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Based on the novel by Nigel Balchin
Cinematography: Christopher Challis
Music: Brian Easdale
Genre: Drama
Black & White
Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
Language: English
Running Time: 107 minutes

In this classically romantic suspense thriller, David Farrar stars as a bomb disposal expert Sammy Rice, embittered by a prosthetic leg courtesy of an on-the-job snafu and battling addiction (giving Powell and Pressburger the opportunity for a bizarre DT fantasy sequence), until faced with the ultimate explosive challenge: a German bomb sporting an unbeatable booby trap. 

Awards and Recognition:
Best British Film nomination (BAFTA Awards, 1950)

Restored by The Film Foundation and BFI National Archive in association with Studiocanal. Funding provided by The Film Foundation and Studiocanal. Special thanks to Martin Scorsese and Thelma Schoonmaker for their consultation.

4K Scanning: Silver Salt Restoration Limited, London
Picture restoration: Cineric, Inc., New York
Audio restoration: BFI National Archive

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