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FilmA Matter of Life and Death (1946)

Category: Fantasy
Fri 21 Oct
11:00am-1:10pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
Certificate : U Subtitles Audio Described

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Wild & Uneven Masterpiece
If you have yet to see or experience a Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger film (I know Where I'm Going, Life & Death Of Colonel Blimp, The Red Shoes, A Canterbury Tale, Black Narcissus), then this is perhaps the best place to start. Beautifully photographed by Jack Cardiff in black & white & Techincolour, it stars David Niven in his finest role as an RAF pilot who's near-death, parachuteless escape from his WW2 bomber turns out not to be as fortunate as he may have thought. Great work from Roger Livesey & Marius Goring too! Perhaps one of the strangest, most entertaining films Britain has yet produced.
ghidera   3:22pm Tue 7 Jun Report Abuse

A film for fools
What nonsense. Uninteresting
Lyn   1:41pm Wed 11 Dec Report Abuse

Extraordinarily bad trailer.
This trailer gives practically no idea of what the film is about or its quality. Ignore it!
cinéaste   6:36pm Mon 16 Sep Report Abuse

One of the worst...
...films ever. Mawkish drivel.
Swithch Over   11:12am Sat 12 May Report Abuse

One of the best...
...films ever.
Watcher   9:29am Wed 3 Sep Report Abuse

The most fab film. Great for 1946, clever, romantic, interesting politics of trial scenes. Just a delight to see with a partner.
TopTed   1:14pm Tue 24 Jul Report Abuse


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A Second World War bomber pilot survives jumping out of his stricken plane without a parachute and falls in love with the radio operator he had first spoken to during the fateful flight. A heavenly messenger is sent to tell him he should have died and that his presence is required in the afterlife, but he remains determined to continue his life on Earth and insists on a trial to resolve the issue. Powell and Pressburger's romantic fantasy, starring David Niven, Kim Hunter, Roger Livesey and Marius Goring

Category: Fantasy

Director: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger


Bob Trubshawe Robert Coote (IMDB)
Conductor 71 Marius Goring (IMDB)
English pilot Richard Attenborough (IMDB)
Abraham Farlan Raymond Massey (IMDB)
Sqn Ldr Peter Carter David Niven (IMDB)
June Kim Hunter (IMDB)
Angel Kathleen Byron (IMDB)
Dr Reeves Roger Livesey (IMDB)


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