A Matter of Life and Death (1946)

3.5 out of 5 stars

Watching this classic more than half a decade later (for the first time on screen), it’s obvious that its visual and conceptual creativity are way ahead of its time. The same cannot be said, however, about the stereotypical acting, ranging from David Niven’s stiff upper lip English toff to Marius Goring’s fay French aristocratic toff; and the sometimes overstating and long-winded writing in the last act of the film. Where there is no doubt or argument though, is the masterly and awe-inspiring direction and production from the stars of the film: Powell and Pressburger.

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