classicsfan:

Feb. 13, 2011
37. A Matter of Life and Death (1946)
Starring David Niven, Roger Livesey, Raymond Massey, Kim Hunter
Written, Produced and Directed by Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger
Plot: “A British wartime aviator who cheats death must argue for his life before a celestial court.” (from IMDb)
This is impressively conceived, but it’s just too odd for me to like. It does have a lot going for it: well-done special effects, captivating use of color and scenery, good performances, and an original plot. I liked many of the actors—David Niven was ideal for the lead role; Kim Hunter was believable as the all-American girl (though her character could’ve perhaps used more dimension); and Roger Livesey interjected just the right amount of honest sentiment and humor to his part. Yet the film as a whole still wasn’t my favorite. To be fair, I rarely like any sort of science fiction or fantasy films. Even ones that everyone else loves.
I wrote a bit more about my thoughts on this film here: 

classicsfan:

Feb. 13, 2011

37. A Matter of Life and Death (1946)

Starring David Niven, Roger Livesey, Raymond Massey, Kim Hunter

Written, Produced and Directed by Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger

Plot: A British wartime aviator who cheats death must argue for his life before a celestial court.(from IMDb)

This is impressively conceived, but it’s just too odd for me to like. It does have a lot going for it: well-done special effects, captivating use of color and scenery, good performances, and an original plot. I liked many of the actors—David Niven was ideal for the lead role; Kim Hunter was believable as the all-American girl (though her character could’ve perhaps used more dimension); and Roger Livesey interjected just the right amount of honest sentiment and humor to his part. Yet the film as a whole still wasn’t my favorite. To be fair, I rarely like any sort of science fiction or fantasy films. Even ones that everyone else loves.

I wrote a bit more about my thoughts on this film here

whomperjawed:

“I love you, June. You’re life and I’m leaving you.”
A Matter of Life and Death, with Kim Hunter (and David Niven sliding dreamily along his lines with his veddy posh accent).

whomperjawed:

“I love you, June. You’re life and I’m leaving you.”

A Matter of Life and Death, with Kim Hunter (and David Niven sliding dreamily along his lines with his veddy posh accent).

dreampalace:

Day 10- Favorite movie

A Matter of Life and Death, dir. by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, 1946.

Actually my favourite film could just as easily be The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp or I Know Where I’m Going! To me they are the three best Archers films, and thus the best films in all the world.

crazyoldcatlady:

05 - Favorite love story in a movie

A Matter of Life and Death (Powell & Pressburger, 1946)

crazyoldcatlady:

05 - Favorite love story in a movie

A Matter of Life and Death (Powell & Pressburger, 1946)

anunreliablewitness:

The beautiful opening sequence of Powell & Pressburger’s 1946 film, A Matter of Life and Death.