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War, love and weirdness: A Matter of Life and Death – 70 years on | Film | The Guardian

I’m sure I’ve posted about this film before but I make no apologies for re-blogging The Guardian’s article as I love the tale to pieces!

Kim Hunter and David Niven in A Matter of Life and Death. Photograph: Allstar/Cinetext/RANK

Kim Hunter and David Niven in A Matter of Life and Death. Photograph: Allstar/Cinetext/RANK

The opening scenes of A Matter of Life and Death are among the most audacious and moving ever confected by the cinematic magicians Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. After the whump of arrow on target that announces a production by the Archers, we are pitched into the blue-black vasts of space – the film-makers had consulted Arthur C Clarke about the design of their cosmos – where a voiceover guides us past eerie nebulae and exploding stars to our own fretful corner of the universe. On Earth it’s the night of 2 May 1945, a thousand-bomber raid has left a German city in flames, and British pilots have…

via War, love and weirdness: A Matter of Life and Death – 70 years on | Film | The Guardian

10 comments on “War, love and weirdness: A Matter of Life and Death – 70 years on | Film | The Guardian

  1. Reblogged this on Ace News Desk.

  2. We have a great TV channel on virgimedia called talkingpictures and great black and whites with Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon and many more …. wonderful ..Hope your well Ian 😊👍

  3. beetleypete
    06/18/2018

    What can I say? A Powell-Pressburger classic, to (almost) rival ‘Black Narcissus’. Surreal, relevant, poignant, and wonderful performances.
    Best wishes, Pete,, x.

  4. First Night Design
    06/18/2018

    I’ve got Talking Pictures on Freeview but keep forgetting to check the listings!

  5. First Night Design
    06/18/2018

    Much more intriguing than Black Narcissus in my opinion!

  6. Jennie
    06/19/2018

    Sarah, how did I miss this movie? Obviously it is wonderful. Thank you!

  7. Its well worth it always using V6 box to add the films … Do you remember Family at War … its just finished on Sunday but brilliantly well done

  8. First Night Design
    06/19/2018

    I do and I loved it!

  9. First Night Design
    06/19/2018

    You must get hold of it at once! Along with The Way Ahead, it’s one of Niven’s best performances.

  10. Jennie
    06/19/2018

    Thank you!!

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