A Matter of Life and Death U

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This film was last shown on 30 November 2023

A wartime romance, metaphysical drama and joyous adventure, A Matter of Life and Death is one of the evergreen classics produced by Powell and Pressburger in their miraculous run of post-war films.

David Niven plays a British airman who survives a plane crash and falls in love with an American radio operator (Kim Hunter), only to be summoned to the afterlife by a heavenly ‘Conductor’ (Marius Goring). But is heaven just a hallucination?

Set in a gorgeously photographed Technicolor England and a monochrome heaven, A Matter of Life and Death took the imaginative daring of jointly credited writer-producer-directors Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger to new heights.

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Emeric Pressburger, Michael Powell
1 hour 44 minutes
David Niven, Kathleen Byron, Kim Hunter, Marius Goring, Raymond Massey, Richard Attenborough, Roger Livesey


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