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A Matter of Life and Death

Powell and Pressburger’s allegorical fantasy contemplates love and death.

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UK 1946
Dirs Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
With David Niven, Kim Hunter, Roger Livesey, Raymond Massey
104min
Digital 4K (in NFT1 and NFT3 only)
Certificate U
A Park Circus release

Powell and Pressburger’s masterpiece begins with a WW2 RAF pilot (Niven) in a damaged bomber speaking to an American radio operator (Hunter) before he jumps out with no parachute; thereafter, he’s caught in a strange limbo as a heavenly tribunal debates his right to live… and love. This warm, wise and witty allegorical fantasy alternates between monochrome and Technicolor, gloriously evident in a 4K restoration.

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