All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. 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 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…
The decision to make all of the fantasy sequences black and white while the "real life" sequences are technicolor speaks so much to the unorthodox philosophy of this movie. The afterlife may not be such a bad place, but there's something more appealing, more romantic about the fleeting, the evanescent, the malleable. Eternity is static (everyone dead is wearing the uniform in which they died, clinging to the beliefs with which they died), while on earth there is love, sadness, hope, grief, learning, growing, drama, etc. The afterlife isn't necessarily heaven. Heaven is love, so choose life.
There's no way to approach this movie that doesn't find it an unmitigated success. It's wonderfully romantic. It's hilarious and entertaining. It's a fantasy spectacle with jaw dropping analog effects. It's a post-war curative that inspires patriotism and a spirit of cooperation. This is one of the best movies.
My favorite "old" movie of all time.
A sweet and beautiful fantasy drama from directors Powell and Pressburger.
Powell and Pressburger offers such a delicious world here. If you want a richly textured sweetness in stories that push the boundaries of film norms of the time (or any time in many ways), look to them.
Probably liked The Red Shoes better, as I loved the arc in that piece of film joy. The court scene in A Matter of Life and Death doesn't live up to the bouncy energy of the first 2/3, but it's a great time nonetheless.
"The rights of the uncommon man must always be respected."
Wow, what a whimsical, heartfelt, surreal, and colorful film for the 1940s. With a kick-ass intense opening to the phenomenal finale, this film kept me interested and emotionally engaged into Niven's life. Combining technicolor and black/white when alternating from earth to the afterlife, Directors Powell + Pressburger convey an original story with the visual prowess provided by cinematographer Jack Cardiff. I'll probably watch 'Peeping Tom' next, but perhaps 'The Red Shoes.'
He looks even less like a 28 y/o on IMAX, but this is still great and does the screen justice.
a love of life and a life for love (in living color)
There's some impressive imagination on display here, in its concepts and execution, as well as some interesting dialogue on politics especially given its time period, but mostly this is just an above-average romantic comedy. It's pretty funny, and light as air, impressive given its subject matter, and very fun to watch. Sparks aren't exactly flying between David Niven and Kim Hunter, but their are both amiable in their roles. I don't exactly know why this is considered one of the best British movies ever made, but you won't hear any arguments from me about it being a high quality and very imaginative movie.
The film that made me, as a six year old, fall in love with cinema.
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