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

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What today’s audiences will find amazing is the sheer energy of its invention.
— Roger Ebert

David Niven is a WWII fighter pilot who is taken into Heaven too soon by shoddy angelship. The snag in Pressburger and Powell’s set-up is that just before his “death” Niven fell in love with the American radio operator (Kim Hunter) who talked him through his last moments and he has to fight for his right to return to earth before a celestial court. An unmissable classic of British cinema.

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