Quando comecei a assistir mais filmes eu precisava de um caminho pra seguir e caí de cabeça em um monte…
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…
Simultaneously witty, playful, light-hearted, and sincere, romantic and reverent.
It says alot about sexism at the time that Raymond Massey was named on the poster over Kim Hunter...
A soaring and magical wartime fantasy with a deeply romantic spirit and the wonderful visuals and production design Powell and Pressburger are so revered for. It's about an RAF officer who's summoned before a sort of celestial court in heaven to plead his case for life after he was supposed to die (but miraculously didn't) when his Lancaster bomber went down over the English Channel.
Really it's absolutely gorgeous and lovely and all other synonyms for those two words and the perfect film to watch in these trying social and political times we find ourselves in. It's a celebration of life, humanity, love and civilised discourse (and Britain) and I really find myself at a loss to write all the…
I was curious about this movie after hearing it reviewed on the Chinstroker vs Punter podcast.
What grabbed my attention from the start was the great opening conversation between Peter and Joan.
A great film with some themes you could dissect for hours, with some amazing visuals.
Definitely worth a look.
Few movies successfully walk the delicate line of real-or-imaginary. This (better known in the US as Stairway to Heaven) sits in that place of honor. Whether the pilot is on trial in Heaven or suffering hallucinations brought on by survivor's guilt and brain trauma, the result is the same. Plus the movie deals with post-Imperial England's loss of status.
A weak mind isn't strong enough to hurt itself. Stupidity has saved many a man from going mad.
A Stunning cinematic masterpiece.
ride or die for ya bois powell and pressburger.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This film is trippy as balls. The opening scene is conceptually brilliant and decently executed: a fragmented conversation between a radio operator and an RAF pilot who is about to crash-land and die. Truly intense, and undoubtedly would have been even more so for audiences in 1946. Following an administrative fuck-up in (a starkly bureaucratic depiction of) heaven, the pilot survives, a nutty spirit guide/jester character from the French revolution is tasked with retrieving him, then whilst anaesthetized for brain surgery he "appeals his case" on the grounds of having fallen in love, and then the trial turns into an extended, heavy-handed propaganda piece in which the rivalry between Britain and America (boring cricket vs. bad music!) is resolved on…
A timeless classic, surprised there as never been a remake (besides a 1951 television adaptation), not that i want to give them any ideas.
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1187. An easy way of seeing how…
High-rated movies with very few views. Suggestions are welcome.