The Elusive Pimpernel in 35mm

The Elusive Pimpernel in 35mm

The Elusive Pimpernel is an idiosyncratic manifestation of a period piece, set during the French Revolution, in which ironic humor plays a key role establishing the film’s tone. Based on the 1905 novel The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy, the film was originally intended to be a musical showcasing magnificent musical scores. This sensibility remains in the revised, completed film which adds dimension to the lavish production design and whimsical dialogue executed by brilliant performances from stars David Niven, Jack Hawkins, and Margaret Leighton.

DIRECTED/WRITTEN BY: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger. WITH: David Niven, Margaret Leighton, Jack Hawkins, Cyril Cusak. 1950. 109 min. UK. Technicolor. English, French. 35mm. Print courtesy of BFI National Archive.

Academy Museum film programming generously funded by the Richard Roth Foundation. 

Explore our current quarterly print Film Calendar and browse the archive.

Theater accessibility accommodations available upon request. Learn more about our accessibility initiatives.

Back to Main Series