Ealing comedies emerged in the late 1940s depicting British irreverence of authority, and celebrating English eccentricity in a self-depracating satirical style which won them global success. British posters for these films are highly sought after. They were produced under the supervision of designer S.John Woods who hired talented artists to craft what has come to be known as the best series of British film psoters ever devised. Lots 53-60 are some examples from this series.
Michael Powell and Emeric Pressberger, lots 61-66, with vivid imagination and exceptional beauty, wrote, produced and directed an extraordinary succession of truly remarkaable and highly creative British films. A Matter Of Life And Death (1964), lot 64 and The Red Shoes (1948), lot 65, arguably the best dance film ever made are regarded as two of the best films ever to have come out of England.
The international success of these British films gave way to some prestigious productions, i.e. The Magic Box (1951), lot 70, a superb biography of William Friese-Greene, the forgotten inventor of the motion picture; David Lean's The Sound Barrier (1952), lot 71 and Lawrence Of Arabia (1962), lot 74 which was a British cinematic triumph winning seven Academy Awards including Best Film and Best Director.