All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
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 had seen this back in the day when I was a young pup under the title of "Stairway To Heaven" and loved it! David Niven and Kim Hunter were wonderful together as the star crossed lovers!
A marvelously charming and whimsical tale that was a real treat to watch!
My one and only gripe was the totally unnecessary and quite frankly unwanted heavy handed spiel about this American versus British garbage! Barring that little misstep it's still a winner in my book!
Film was recommended by Viktor Prentovski via my Movie Request Hotline List! Thank You Viktor for recommending it, it was a real blast from the past!
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…
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…
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…
An odd yet fascinating film, especially in light of the fact it was made immediately after WWII. I've never seen a film combine political philosophy, spirituality, and modern humanism in such a creative way before.
This was such a treat. Both a beautiful slice of postmodern surreality and a good old fashioned wartime romance, this was the seamless melding of idea and application, with some impressive visuals for the time. Whosever Top 4 I picked this to watch from, thanks kindly!
When people talk about movie magic, A Matter of Life and Death is exactly what they're referring to. This work from the esteemed directing duo of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger may have been released in 1946, but nearly 70 years later it is still an absolute cinematic wonder to behold. David Niven stars as Peter Carter, an aviator in World War II who is shot down and miraculously survives due to an oversight by Conductor 71 (Marius Goring), the man in Heaven who was charged with making sure Carter ascended. With this new time in our mortal world, Carter quickly falls in love with American girl June (Kim Hunter), and when Conductor 71 shows up to bring Carter away,…
Simply put this is just masterful filmmaking. It's a shame that the trial sequence is so badly written resorting to pointless patriotic tittle tattle that makes no sense to the story or case (apparently created to improve Anglo-American relationships in the real world) . It's also a shame that for a vision that is so forward thinking there's a lack of female representation in the juries. However those minor complaints don't really damage the film.
Since I slept-watched the first half of this movie, I'll probably enjoy this classic more the second time. Blimp matched my mood much better than this more fantastical film. I really loved the beginning and the end. I'll just have to pick a less sleepy day to see the middle again.
Finally got around to re-watching this.
This film probably has one the greatest opening sequences ever. Rarely does a film so quickly and brilliantly establish a romantic connection between two people, and the sequence is full of thrilling action and high drama.
The rest of the film walks a tightrope between high fantasy and grounded, scientific and medical principles, but never do you feel one side is doing disservice to the other. Roger Livesey brings the same charm and warmth to this film that he brought to Clive Candy in Col. Blimp. He's the optimistic flipside to David Farrar's dark cynicism that creeps into the Archers subsequent films.
And while this is no doubt a rousing work of fantasy, it…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Another phenomenal Powell & Pressburger collab film. At this point in time, the masterful matte aesthetic of Black Narcissus and The Red Shoes had yet to be established, but the powerful theme of love remains an unshakeable motif.
This is a depiction of a man who was wrongly allowed to live, and (very casually) finds love with the woman with whom he shared his last moments on Earth (or so he thought). His good fortune is immediately turned into bad luck as he faces the heavenly courts and a potentially terminal case of insanity - but, are they the same?
Does Carter will himself to live, or is it science? This might be the most obvious theme in the film but…
Bonus film for the March Around The World | 2015 Challenge
Last year, I enjoyed my first viewing of "The Red Shoes" so much that I swore I would watch more films by Powell & Pressburger. Now, thanks to this challenge, I've been able to take a step toward fulfilling that vow by seeing this extraordinary fantasy from the United Kingdom set against the backdrop of World War II.
David Niven plays a British bomber pilot named Peter Carter, whose plane is going down in flames upon its return to England after a mission. Having no parachute, he decides to leap out of the burning aircraft into the sea, rather than be burned to death in the wreckage when…