A Matter Of Life And Death details
|Starring:||Kathleen Byron, Bonar Colleano, Bob Roberts, Raymond Massey, Robert Coote, Joan Maude, Robert Arden, Marius Goring, David Niven, Roger Livesey, Robert Atki, Abraham Sofaer, Kim Hunter, Richard Attenborough|
|Directors:||Emeric Pressburger, Michael Powell|
|Studio:||ITV STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
A Matter Of Life And Death
|Run time:||1 hour 40 minutes|
|Rental release:||14 Sep 1998|
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Don't get to the end without seeing itBy james from Norfolk , 11 Oct 2003
[Highly rated reviewer]Apparently commissioned to improve Anglo-American relations, this film is much more than a glorified public information commercial.
David Niven plays a pilot caught out on a war time raid, who makes a chance connection with the radio operator (Karen Hunter) at the other end. When he misses his angel of death in the English fog, their love blossoms, and heaven demands answers.
With a daring mixed black and white and colour format (remember this was made in the 1940s) and some brilliantly executed effects, A Matter of Life and Death was guaranteed a place in technical history.
More importantly, it has a witty and engaging script, with both Niven and Hunter turning in charming performances.
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I still like David Niven!By a customer from Huntly , 17 Feb 2009This was a bit of a mistake. I do love David Niven, but despite his best efforts I did not particularly enjoy this.
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A timeless classicBy Riain (121 reviews) from Essex , 12 Feb 2009A classic romantic story without boring you with the romance, set in WW2. An imaginative perspective of the pearly-gates and all sundry. Sentimental, endearing and entertaining.
Astonishing!By a customer from Glasgow , 17 Jan 2009Keeping in mind this movie was made only 1 year after WWII ended, the result is astonishing even by today's standards. There aren't enough superlatives to cover it.
Shot in both black and white and Technicolour with some amazing fades between the two - reminiscent of literallly breathing life into someone's body - it's definitely the director's movie. It must have cost a fortune for some of the incredible set pieces which include, among other things, a huge moving staircase and a monumental courtroom.
Powell experiments with many ideas and photographic tricks here. The plot initially seems a bit thin - Niven going down in an airplane and falling instantly in love over the radio with Hunter, the American girl on the other end. But it expands from that device to something far greater. Questions about the nature of love, argument, history, theology, philosophy.
It screams its intelligence in every frame.
What is really striking is the balance here - all peoples represented very equally for the time. Every idea is a valid one. Every race and creed a valid one. The ambition of the film is staggering.
Even by today's standards, you can look at some shots here and say, how did they do that?
Extraordinary. Not to be missed.
A Matter of Life and DeathBy a customer from Ipswich , 10 Jan 2009A great film which is thought provoking. The use of colour and black and white works well although we were a step ahead of the theme as the film progressed.
Strongly recommend this film as it is refreshing to get away from the violence and strong language so common in modern day films.
Go for it!
Desert Island FilmBy a customer from Pinner , 10 Jan 2009This is a timeless film, and wonderful on almost every level. Romantic but intelligent, incredibly inventive and original. And truly heart warming. I would not want to be be without it.