A Matter of Life and Death 1946 PG
12.45PM Sun 4 Aug 2019 (1hr 44mins)
GOMA | Cinema A | Ticketed
‘The first of Powell and Pressburger’s three Jack Cardiff–shot masterpieces, this is postwar propaganda at its finest: a tribute to love between individuals and reconciliation between nations. An effortlessly charming David Niven plays Peter Carter, an English fighter pilot who falls in love with June (Kim Hunter), the American radio dispatcher he speaks to just before leaping from his plane without a parachute. When Peter miraculously survives, he tries to make up for lost time with his Yankee love—but it appears that heaven can’t wait. What follows is part love story and part medical drama, all mixed up with a wonderfully bizarre trial scene.’ Pacific Film Archive.
35MM, BLACK AND WHITE, MONO, 104 MINUTES, UNITED KINGDOM, ENGLISH / DIRECTORS/PRODUCERS/SCRIPT: MICHAEL POWELL, EMERIC PRESSBURGER / CINEMATOGRAPHER: JACK CARDIFF / EDITOR: REGINALD MILLS / ART DIRECTOR: ALFRED JUNG / MUSIC: ALLAN GRAY / COSTUME DESIGNERS: HEIN HECKROTH, JOSEPH BATO / CAST: DAVID NIVEN, ROGER LIVESY, RAYMOND MASSEY, KIM HUNTER / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: PARK CIRCUS / SCREENING FORMAT: DCP