This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…
A Matter of Life and Death
Neither Heaven nor Earth could keep them apart!
When a young airman miraculously survives bailing out of his aeroplane without a parachute, he falls in love with an American radio operator. But the officials in the other world realise their mistake, and despatch an angel to collect him.
The December Challenge: Film #100
What is life without love?
This is a question at the heart of Powell and Pressburger’s classic, A Matter of Life and Death: a movie I adore unreservedly and the only fitting choice for my 100th film of the December Challenge.
It seems to me that your first introduction to the work of The Archers often ends up becoming a lifelong favourite. Their films, particularly those made between ‘43-’48, are magical and transformative experiences that open your eyes to a whole new world of cinema you never even knew existed. Therefore, it’s hardly surprising that your first taste is always going to be the sweetest and most enduring. Whilst A Matter of Life and Death…
I LOVED this!
With a wonderful opening that's eerily reminiscent of Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life from the same year, but far superior in both execution and elocution, and a central conceit that may have been influenced by Alexander Hall’s Here Comes Mr. Jordan, but turned on its head, A Matter of Life and Death is simply charming.
There’s something about that particular time where it’s ok for true love to blossom in the space of minutes over the wireless. We believe it. Completely. When by chance, and I’m so glad that chance always works for the better in these types of films, our soon to be lovers meet, against all odds on heaven and earth, you know this…
🎵🎵 ooooh heaven is a place on earth 🎵🎵
If I had been smart, I would have prepared myself for this review by finding an online thesaurus and finding all the synonyms for 'wonderful' that I could possibly could.
I didn't do that, though, because I was too busy watching this film. It was a completely different experience watching this today compared to when I first saw it as a 19 year old. Back then my film tastes were not particularly defined (in fact, they're still not) and I was just watching anything that was on and that I fancied the look of. I didn't know anything about A Matter Of Life And Death when it came on Channel 4…
Film #21 of Project 40
”A weak mind isn't strong enough to hurt itself. Stupidity has saved many a man from going mad.”
The eternal power of true love. That seems to be a very clichéd statement, something that has been repeated so many times in cinema, soap operas and teenage romance novels that has lost its meaning and power. But long before all these heartless romantic fiesta that surrounds us these days two visionary, incredible and modernistic artists created something which even by today’s standards and after all the technological and structural advancements of cinema looks avant-garde, profound and technically breathtaking. A Matter of Life and Death is a movie full of fine thematic, anatomical and technical details meaning…
PTAbro's World Tour Stop 2: United Kingdom
If I had to make a list of all-time great openings for films, A Matter of Life and Death would certainly be in the top 20. It's a bit of genius to start a film with the emotional and visual power of a scene that by all rights would be the climax of a lesser film. Niven immediately blew me away with the achingly cool banter he traded with June, and his demeanor cements him instantly as the centerpiece of the film, even more so than the lush sets and plot's concept. Using that level of emotional intensity within the first ten minutes asks a lot of the rest of your film to…
I have had a dream, past the wit of man to
say what dream it was.
It's the opening scene, after the introduction with the narrator and the stars (though that was pretty lovely too), but the first real scene with David Niven standing in a plane, flames burning behind him, talking into a radio. And on the other end Kim Hunter, sitting in light and shadows, trying to get all the information she can from Niven before he dives from his plane sans parachute. The moment lasts a couple of minutes but it is a wonderful sequence and when it ends it ends suddenly and like Hunter we are upset and almost shocked that it's over.
And then the technicolor is gone and we are in what seems like a heaven of some sorts, though…
Films don't get much more perfect than this.
It's a strange film but I think if we play along with its game we can grow to appreciate it for what it's worth. Make no mistake though, there is still plenty of appeal and entertainment for more casual viewers. It can even be viewed as an essential for both classic and contemporary cinema-buffs. Towards the end I grew to be very appreciative of the camerawork and set design too. I really like the positive message of love being the most virtuous of all virtues. With its subject matter you can definitely expect it to get pretty bleak at times but getting caught up in the fantasy of it all feels quite refreshing and fun. It has a clever script…
Oh I love the fast-paced banter between smart and confident characters in classic films. lovely and chill film with some really nice effects and sets (hoorah for long stairways).
Movie #641 of "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die".
Suprise and the humour, the colours, the actors, the fantasy, the existential nature of the film and ofcourse free will
One of the all timers.
Why not choose number one on the list? I contemplated the rating, as I do occasionally, when is a film is so good, but not perfect, on the basis of whether or not I have any right to judge a great film disproportionately on its faults. Sometimes it is far too easy to judge on faults, and I must err on the side of caution. For this, the main one is just that is does get a tad too sappy. But is that worth a penalization? I think not.
Such interesting formal aspects in this film, beyond the usage of B&W versus glorious self-referential technicolor. The intro is…
High-rated movies with very few views. Suggestions are welcome.