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…
New nothing about this movie, watched it on Mubi. What an amazing film. You would never believe it was made in 1946. It serves to highlight the dumbed down offerings of modern cinema. Thought provoking and intelligent. "Stupidity has saved many a man from going mad". Indeed.
The playful and ingenious A Matter Of Life And Death is filmmaking way ahead of its time.
Very dated now but some of the visual trickery is still impressive. November is on top spivvy form too.
Holy technicolor, this is a really wonderful film. Masterfully fantastical, beautiful transitions, acting that just screams 1946 in the best way, and a great score
Is it weird that I wish this was more sad?
Insane that this was 1946 as it would probably still be ahead of it's time now.
As well as the famous shot of Peter and June, I also really liked the echo of it when he wakes up.
Both technically audacious and enduring, truly a landmark film from the Archers. The sheer visual spectacle of this film paired with the small scaled intimacy of the story is magnificent. Cleverly written from the commentary to the sly jokes that are dispersed through out the film. I knew this was going to be a good one, but I wasn't prepared to have loved it this much. One of those films that instantly falls in line with your all time favorites. Can't believe I put this one off this long.
why don't movies like this exist anymore
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,…
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