Three Compositions By Michael Powell, Hannes Staudinger, and Helen Mirren
Took me forever to get a copy of the Sony "The Films Of Michael Powell" double-feature DVD. Didn't get the review copy, and Sony apparently didn't initially manufacture enough to meet demand, which in a sense is good news. In any case, it is a lovely thing...but it seems that most of its reviewers are giving all the love to the first film of the set, the very long-awaited Region 1 disc debut of A Matter of Life And Death, the wartime classic from Powell and Pressburger a.k.a. The Archers. So it seems only fitting for me to pay tribute here to the Pressburger-less 1969 Age of Consent, shot on the Great Barrier Reef, and starring James Mason and—as a feisty young muse—Helen Mirren, she appearing on film for the first time. Despite its sometimes weak dramatic argumentation, very dated sexual humor, and male-fantasy ending (n.b., I personally fully allow for the fact that male fantasies often do come true, but I'm just saying), Consent is an almost ceaselessly beautiful, and eventually, in commenter Kent Jones' word, moving film. If you feel that the top image of this set is NSFW, I strongly urge you to find another job—your office is WAY too uptight, not to mention philistine.
Bonus image: Say what you will about Powell, he only stole from the best, as witness this Consent rip from Black Narcissus.