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…
A Matter of Life and Death is the first film I watch from the acclaimed duo, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger (not the first film from Powell, though) and I must say I'm impressed.
Even though I haven't watched millions of films, the truth is that, as time goes by, it's few the number of films that have the capacity to surprise me, but, then, films like A Matter of Life and Death show up. Even though cinema has significantly evolved over the years (especially on a technical level), films are increasingly losing their charm. Nowadays, it's hard to find a filmmaker capable of telling you a story without stifling it with an unnecessary complexity, it's hard, or, more precisely,…
I might revise my review of eighteen months ago a bit in that I would not use the word "lesser" to describe this film. While I would still rank "Colonel Blimp" and possibly "Black Narcissus" and "The Red Shoes" above it I don't think you can really call a film of this caliber "lesser" and not sound a little foolish even though strictly speaking it may be accurate.
I might also retract the statement about the film not being flawless. I think maybe it is. On this viewing I kept in mind more the idea that the trial was the product of Peter Carter's subconscious and so can be read as him working out his relationship with this American girl.…
Amazing cinematography from the master Jack Cardiff!
Narratively, A Matter of Life and Death seems to be headed in a somewhat predictable — yet pleasingly fanciful — direction, pitting science against the supernatural and the power of love against the bonds of time, and it does all come together in the end just how you might expect. The movie's biggest problem, however, is that Powell & Pressburger pose intriguing questions in the first two acts, but never come up with a satisfactory manner of getting their third act from Point A to Point C. The final half-hour is uncharacteristically scattered, full of aborted ideas and unexpected diversions that don't seem fully (or remotely!) relevant to the plot development.
I still don't absolutely love it, but seeing it on a big screen in a theatre with people did make this a much better viewing experience.
Its still a beautiful, funny and wonderful film full of magical and iconic moments.
I really need to rewatch The Red Shoes now
Una película de juicios pero en un más allá en blanco y negro que busca responder a la pregunta de si en el mundo real en hipnótico Technicolor el amor lo puede todo.
Spoiler: El amor lo puede todo. ¡Y creerás que el amor lo puede todo!
Está en esa fina línea que separa lo cursi de lo otro pero de alguna manera consigue no solo no cruzarla, sino jugar con ella en ciertos puntos del juicio.
Love this in theory, not so much in actuality. Main issue is that while it's never less than engaging, it's hardly ever involving, much less moving or trenchant. Of course, that's a minority opinion, and it probably speaks to my bias against happy endings that seem somehow "unearned." (I seem to favor bittersweet or basically unfulfilled romance: In the Mood for Love, Chungking Express, The Age of Innocence, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, etc. or ones like Buffalo '66 that arrive at their happy endings more obliquely.) While the setup is done magnificently, there's no sense of urgency to the rest of it, especially since it feels all but certain that Carter will survive; and it's not because of foreknowledge…
A well executed surrealist blend of fantasy and reality, w/ mesmerizing ahead of its time special effects
85/100 - Excellent
While this film is very much about a love story between grown-ups, and the line between psychosis and visions of the afterlife (and about international relations in age of turmoil...and the fate of one man's soul), it has the same sort of magical touch that The Wizard of Oz possesses, alternating between grayscale monochrome and vibrant, shocking colour to explore the difference between two planes of existence. It is full of humour and heightened drama, and within minutes of meeting June and Peter you are completely invested in their fate. With each re-watch of a Powell and Pressburger masterpiece, you really start to understand how amazing Pressburger's finished screenplays are, full of gorgeous, meaningful, and often very clever language. Also,…
Powell and Pressburger are a duo with a massive bag of tricks and boatloads of great ideas. Their supply must've taken a heavy blow after this fabulous creation.
Feels just as fresh as I first saw it.
[Seen at The Cinematheque] [DCP]
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…