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A Matter of Life and Death

Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s timeless romantic fantasy.

UK 1946
Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
With David Niven, Kim Hunter, Roger Livesey, Kathleen Byron
Running time 104min
Format Digital
Certificate U

First mooted as a project to foster an improvement in Anglo-American relations, A Matter of Life and Death emerged as a timeless romantic fantasy. David Niven plays Peter Carter, a young airman seemingly doomed before his time and trapped between life and death, between a Technicolor earth and a monochrome heaven. There have been other films that have dealt with heaven and earth but none possessed quite the ambition or visual flair of AMoLaD.

Plus Dolly Put the Kettle On (UK 1947, dir John Halas & Joy Batchelor, 3min).

The screening on Monday 4 February will be introduced by Ian Christie.


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