A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
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…
Every time I return to this film I am blown away by the creativity, the imagination, the ingenuity, the audacity and the humanity of it. So many great scenes, from the audacious opening to fantastical first meeting of Peter and Conductor 71 to the celestial finale. So many right decisions that spurn the obvious. This entered my top twenty films about a decade ago and I doubt it will ever be displaced. One of the phenomenal trio of "Life" films released in 1946. Now where's the Blu-ray?
Die Filme des Regie-Duos Michael Powell und Emeric Pressburger, deren Mehrheit in den 40er Jahren entstanden sind, besitzen eine unfassbare Modernität, wenn man bedenkt, dass ihre Werke nun ein Alter von über 60 Jahren haben. Ihre Filme (und dazu gehört definitiv auch "A Matter of Life and Death") sollten allein schon für das handwerkliche bewundert werden. Ob es jetzt das Design der Studiobühnen ist, die Belichtung oder auch einfach nur die Farben, alles besitzt diesen Charme der 40er Jahre und ist trotzdem oder vielleicht deswegen gut gealtert. Darüber hinaus besitzt "A Matter of Life and Death" eine wunderschöne Geschichte, eine Liebesgeschichte die über Leben und Tod hinausgeht. Witzig, innovativ und mit viel Gefühl (das ab und zu in Pathos überschwingt,…
The Archers even outdo themselves here. One of the greatest fantasy films I have ever seen. Powerfully thoughtful and moving. It really is breathtakingly beautiful. Next to The Wizard of Oz, this is perhaps the greatest use of colour expressed by reversing the technique employed by the earlier film.
I hope I get to see this on the big screen one day.
This is the ideal 40s movie that I didn't know existed.
Beautiful art-deco and Technicolor cinematography!
A main character that claims to be 27 despite the actor looking at least 45!
Almost a bit too witty!
Actually perfectly plotted and not really a boring moment, which I find to be the case for even the most revered old movies!
aka: Stairway to Heaven
If not Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger best work (The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp) this is a master work by any standard.
A romantic fantasy film that skillfully blends black and white and vivid technicolor was a post war pick-me-up for Britain.
David Niven is the airman who falls in love with June, an American radio operator based in England. Without a parachute he bails out of his damaged plane, expecting to die, but doesn't. Peter then meets June cycling back to her quarters after her night shift; and they fall in love. However he has a brain injury which causes him to see images of the next world ( or does he? ).…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Film #2 of the "Summer of '16 film challenge"
6. A Powell & Pressburger film.
What have I learned from the first semester of my course? This type of film by Powell & Pressburger is better for entertainment value than trying to do a film studies essay out of it, especially when concerning Language & Style (never again!), although this film would have been better than Peeping Tom which I chosen as I ended up details as small as pencils dropping from a height which wasn't worth it, and Black Narcissus, which I didn't choose as I felt too confused by the plot, so much so that I didn't use it as research for the final essay. Long sentences was another one of…
Curious I ended up watching this a few days after Heaven Can Wait. Had somehow come to understand the entire film took place via a radio set, so quite a surprise how it panned out.
The films that Powell and Pressburger made during and in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War are very special indeed. They somehow manage to celebrate Britishness while simultaneously not losing themselves in overly conceited propaganda. While they romanticise many notions, they do not do so at the expense of other peoples. There is a special moment in this film, where Britishness and it's empirical conquests and warcrimes are indicted, while still enjoying the British people.
And this may be Powell and Pressburger's greatest contribution to cinema. Amidst the high drama and, in this case, the fantastical, they teach how, in amidst war, we can celebrate ourselves and still be kind and generous in our perception of others. Something that is undoubtedly a special accomplishment.
That opening scene has honestly got to be one of the best of all time.
There are a few niggles, for example, the whole court case revolving around why the British suck instead of why he specifically shouldn't be allowed to live, or the dated idea of an American scolding a Brit for invading too many countries and having too many enemies which just ends up being really ironic in a 21st century light. And of course the gagworthy old fashioned idea of two characters falling madly in love immediately for no apparent reason (although they do actually make a point of it).
But for the most part it's a highly enjoyable sweeping piece of cinema that's very well made, makes good on its interesting concept, and features endearing characters.
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