Come in, Lancaster! Powell and Pressburger’s A Matter of Life and Deathreturns to cinemas from 8 December, screening from a heavenly new 4K restoration.
Fantastical and romantic, A Matter of Life and Death stars David Niven as an RAF pilot who must appeal to a celestial court after accidentally being allowed to evade death when his plane goes down.
Celebrated filmmaking duo Powell and Pressburger cross boundaries of narrative, metaphysics and technology in pursuit of one of their finest tales; an experimental and expressive voyage through love and life that playfully juxtaposes a Technicolor world of living, breathing passion and a monochrome afterlife governed by rigid rules.
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
Dirs. Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger, UK, 1946, 104 mins
Cast: David Niven, Kim Hunter, Robert Coote