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…
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…
one of the best film openings I can recall. sure, it's pretty melodramatic and sappy, but somehow that was just easier to pull off in the '40s. the film sort of takes a strange turn into courtroom drama territory, gets a bit overly talky, but the visuals, matte paintings, and technicolor are all beautiful and engrossing. definitely a film I'll visit again later, and I'm dying to see more powell & pressburger (as always).
My favorite film. I love pretty much everything about this, from the cinematography to the script to the music to the performances. It kind of totters on the brink of being too much without actually falling over (like a lot of Michael Powell's best films), and yes, I mean that as a compliment.
Not too deep, no, but wonderful, fun, and touchingly life-affirming. David Livesy! Such a compelling screen presence.
Altro incantevole crogiolo di temi, toni, registri narrativi, condotto con una sicurezza spiazzante, una strepitosa costruzione narrativa e una capacità d'invenzione visiva e fantastica ancora oggi con pochi pari. Un inno al romanticismo più sfrenato
The Powell & Pressburger fantasy about a man on trial for his life with a heavenly jury, and Michael Powell's favorite of the Archers films. For some reason it doesn't grab me as much as the rest of their stuff from this time period, though; maybe it's that the involved, fantastical concept overwhelms the human story, or maybe it's that there isn't enough chemistry between Niven and Hunter, or maybe it's that its own flashiness is just distracting. Regardless, though, it's still quite enjoyable, with lots of inventiveness and some truly dazzling special effects. Definitely a must-see for any fans of the Archers.
This was amazing, I did not know that back in the day they did proper fantasy films, truly a perfect romantic comedy and fantasy film all at the same time.
Film Number 10 of Aditya's Scavenger Hunt Challenge No. 4
Day 8, Task No. 26 - A film featuring heaven
A Matter of Life and Death
Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger have done here what so many directors have failed to do. Through A Matter of Life and Death, they managed to make me believe unconditionally in their phantasmagorical and magical world. A love story, a meditative piece on faith, a whimsical comedy, a heartbreaking drama and a tense action film, this dynamic duo have done it all in the space of 104 minutes!
The premise is this: Peter Carter should have died when he jumped of the plane that he was flying over Germany. Instead, he survived. He ends…
Yup. Still fantastic.
I particularly enjoyed Raymond Massey this time, as the prosecutor from colonial Boston.
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…