This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…
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…
“... In peace, Love tunes the shepherd's reed; In war, he mounts the warrior's steed; In halls, in gay attire is seen; In hamlets, dances on the green. Love rules the court, the camp, the grove, and men below, and saints above; For Love is heaven, and heaven is Love."
A Matter of Life and Death deals with a very interesting fantasy plot, and while I wanted more from the movie emotionally, it was still a thought provoking, well made and entertaining film about life and death. The performances by David Niven and Kim Hunter were very good, visually the movie was fantastic, especially for a movie from 1946 that has this kind of celestial concept and so seeing how…
Apparently conceived as a propaganda film to engender good will between America and England, “A Matter of Life and Death” has surpassed its intended purpose by virtue of its outrageous ambitiousness. One of the strangest and most difficult to categorize films I have ever seen, the movie takes on the weighty themes of its title through the almost psychedelic perspective of its own quirky cosmology. A hodge-podge of philosophy, astronomy, religion, psychology, and nationalism all factor into the unique laws of existence the filmmakers have set up as the backdrop for a story that seeks to do nothing less than explain the value of life.
Interestingly, the filmmakers twisted around “The Wizard of Oz” dynamic by rendering passionate and vibrant…
Fantastically unique and unexpected plot; thoroughly entertaining.
SAW: at home
Uggghhhh this would easily be a 5 if not for that trainwreck of a climax... everything built up to a trial scene that randomly decided to be all about Britain vs. America, and then when it finally got around to it, everyone agreed that the question was "are they really in love" when of course the question should be "does having fallen in love give Carter the right to live." But I'm willing to forgive it because the rest of the film is so great.
If the central question (are we as humans allowed to demand that the universe conform to logic?) is simplified in the climax, it looms over the entire rest of the movie, from the fantastic opening…
I've had some kind of preoccupation with death and its notions for the past year and a half now. Like, I never really thought about just how short life really is and how we only really ever get one chance to live our lives to the fullest, until I started losing everyone around me. Whether through death or just emotional disconnections, losing people around me has brought about some strange monologues in my mind that had me start to ponder just what I was really doing with my life. I mean, my best friend was only a few months older than me, and I never ever once thought that he could've been taken away so quickly without a second glance.…
Now this is a love story I can get behind. It makes the love stories in Love Actually seem rather trivial. Whether or not a relationship succeeds in Love Actually really doesn't matter. But in A Matter of Life and Death it does. There is no finding another fish in the sea.
A Matter of Life and Death is a masterpiece from the duo of P&P enterprises (Powell & Pressburger). It's stylish with a story to boot. Mixing black & white with technicolor to showcase life and the afterlife. I cannot think of a more powerful theme than the battle against death. Many films have tackled the subject, and many have garnered great praise. The Seventh Seal and Defending Your Life come…
Set during the Second World War, this romantic fantasy is one of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's (The Archers) best loved films and is widely considered one of the greatest British films of all time. It stars David Niven as Squadron Leader Peter Carter who is flying home a crippled Lancaster after a bombing mission over Germany. With his crew already having bailed out and without a parachute things are looking hopeless for Carter and it looks as if his final moments will be spent talking over the radio to American operator June (Kim Hunter). Peter should have died at this point but due to thick fog over the Channel his escort to the afterlife Conductor 71 (Marius Goring) misses…
A list that, if nothing else, proves the day-to-day usefulness of applied statistics.
Between 2015 and 2016, a series of…
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…