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A Matter of Life and Death

Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger

Commissioned in the final days of World War Two to help mend strained Anglo-American relationships, A Matter of Life and Death stars David Niven as Peter, a Lancaster pilot who falls in love with American radio operator June (Kim Hunter) at the moment of his death, but heaven has made a terrible clerical oversight…

"Just about the most visually striking, inventive and original film ever made in Britain..."

What results is just about the most visually striking, inventive and original film ever made in Britain, but we should expect nothing less from Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, the writer-director team behind The Red Shoes and Black Narcissus. An all-time classic shown in a luminous 4K restoration.

What sets Powell and Pressburger apart from the pack is their ability to make films that are profoundly visual and literary. Pressburger’s wonderfully playful and witty script manages to reference Shakespeare, Milton, Marvell and Bunyan without a hint of pretentiousness. Add to this an absolutely stunning cast, which includes scene-stealing turns from Roger Livesey, Raymond Massey and Marius Goring as well as the two wonderful leads and you have something very close to perfection.