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

Rogues & Vagabonds

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…

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