In 1939, Powell met screenwriter and producer Emeric Pressburger while working on The Spy in Black, and together, the two went on to make 19 films, the best of which -- such as Oscar nominees The Red Shoes and 49th Parallel -- are considered classics of British cinema.
Powell's career came to an abrupt end, however, in the early 1960s when his psychological thriller Peeping Tom met with an excoriating response from audiences and critics. He died Feb. 9, 1990.
Desperate for inspiration, artist Bradley Morahan (James Mason) leaves New York City and moves to a small island off the coast of his native Australia, where he discovers a muse in a beautiful 17-year-old named Cora Ryan (Helen Mirren). But Bradley's newfound bliss is interrupted by the dishonest dealings of an old friend and the protests of Cora's grandmother. Director Michael Powell's 1969 romantic drama marks Mirren's first major screen role.