High-rated movies with very few views. Suggestions are welcome.
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…
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…
What an interesting movie! It starts with a very original scene and just keep going from there. Well played and nice cinematography. Intelligent and fun.
IMDB description: "A British wartime aviator who cheats death must argue for his life before a celestial court."
The beginning is a touch absurd. A man (Peter) knows his plane is going down, so he has a 10-minute conversation with a radio operator (June) before deciding to jump out without a parachute. He lives, washing up on the shore of a beach near where the radio operator lives. They happen to meet right away, and have already somehow fallen in love.
However, the rest of the film goes smoothly, with only a few hiccups. It's a unique story, far as I know, which uses 1940s technology to its limits. The use of black and white along with color film is…
There are two films here: the colour film, a deeply romantic film, a further exploration by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger into England and Englishness; the black and white film, again examining England and Englishness, but in a didactic way. Each time I see the film the colour sections have greater emotional impact on me, but the black and white sections become less interesting, a strange case study about 1940s attitudes. I find the first scene, David Niven’s plane in flames, talking to Kim Hunter’s air controller, to be devastating; he bails out without a parachute and wakes to find himself in a heavenly arcadia...but it turns out that he has survived and heaven is the south English coast. Niven…
a new all time favorite. few things feel "for me" then this
This is maybe the best example of mixing fantasy with reality in a film I have ever encountered. Both sides are masterfully conceived and executed in brilliant ways. The technicolor of reality pops, while the majestic B&W of the other side balance the film nicely. There is a level of ingenuity in the script, set design and direction that are rarely matched.
This is probably the most accessible Archers film I've encountered so far, both because of its modest runtime and easily relatable themes. But don't think of that as a negative, or that A Matter of Life and Death is any simpler for it. For example, the opening scene of David Niven's British pilot Peter Carter preparing to jump…
Truly a little slice of heaven.
A wonderful, entertaining film. Smartly written, enjoyable, and sweet, A Matter of Life and Death is a real winner. Highly recommended to all.
Very distinctive production of the Archers. I see so much of their style in Wes Anderson; I know he has a particular fondness for them, and it shows in his films, especially in the unique sense of humor.
This film has an intense and beautiful sense of wonder and humor infused into every image. The opening sequence when David Niven's character Peter speaks with Kim Hunter's June, is one of the best scenes I have ever seen in my life. This scene was so memorable and so beautiful and comic, and the script really let the scene continue for a long time, and it was perfect.
The film lacks a certain quality of greatness that films like Colonel Blimp or The Red Shoes have, but is still very enjoyable and beautiful. The courtroom drama was particularly great and the scene where the ping pong game freezes with the ball in the air.
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…