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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…
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…
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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…
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…
What in the world was this movie? I was impressed with so many things, but I was also baffled at so many things. Like, how we could spend so much time with a nationality quarrel in the Heavenly Courts. Whatever!
Very cool flick. I like that it didn’t hold back, and doesn’t seem to care what anybody thinks of it.
A film about the power of love. It sounds stuffy.
A film about a man bartering for his life to a heavenly court. It sounds ridiculous.
It works. It doesn't just work. It succeeds wonderfully in a tear-jerking, romantic, beautiful love story told in wonderful technicolour. Even when in 'heaven', David Niven's charmingly British outlook seems to make everything entirely believable.
It is a beautiful love story.
What a charming dissection of what it means to be English, and what the power of love can do. Simply put, its an imaginative story, brilliantly acted and beautifully shot.
Parts of this fantasy were just magical. Other parts were almost embarrassing to me in the obviousness of the propaganda. I have found that Powell and Pressburger films tend to grow on me with repeated viewing. I need to give this one another chance. Reviewed on flickersintime.com
My first experience with Pressburger & Powell and what a doozy it was. Inventive, full of heart, beautiful camera work and a timeless feeling about it. One of those movies that engaged me right from the opening scene and didn't let up until the final shot. This movie gets a very high recommendation, especially for fans of older, classics.
Without the particular context and place in time that it has, A Matter Of Life And Death would be a far less impressive piece of cinema history.
It starts out flawlessly, setting up a a scale of universal magnitude, followed by what could be one of the coolest short films of all time. Then, however, it starts to throw in elements that don't quite mesh for me. Is it about the love story? Is it about the arrogance of the British Empire? Is it about faith? Or is it just a simple romantic comedy? All of which it is. There is an inherent charm to this film that is hard to set aside, but on the other hand the setup…
This is simply magical; tackling love, death and faith with complete sincerity and with unshakable belief in its fantastical convictions.
Director: Michael Powell (and Emeric Pressburger) (Second Film)
There is a strange believability to A Matter of Life and Death in spite of the fantastical happenings in the film: and even then, the uncertainty of these fantastical happenings are presented in such a way, with just enough innate modern-day (and 1946) scepticism that it still remains a mystery.
That is the actual identity of the other world of course: whether or not the other world is heaven (or just the other world; it's never actually referred to as heaven) or the augmentations of Peter Carter's hallucinatory mind doesn't really matter since well, the film is primarily about the relationship between two people: a British man, and an American…
I'm impressed that a movie made in 1946 could keep such a sophisticatedly hazy line between the scientific and the spiritual, allowing the audience to decide what's really going on.
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