A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH 1946 Kim Hunter David Niven ITV Studios Global Entertainment Park Circus

A Matter of Life and Death (U)

Mark Carey will intro­duce Pow­ell & Press­burg­er’s crown­ing achieve­ment’, dis­cussing its ori­gins, pro­duc­tion and cul­tur­al significance.

Associate Professor of Filmmaking at the University of Plymouth, Mark Carey, will introduce ‘Powell & Pressburger’s crowning achievement’ A Matter of Life and Death, discussing its origins, production and cultural significance.

Set in a gorgeously photographed Technicolor England and a monochrome heaven, A Matter of Life and Death took the imaginative daring of jointly credited writer-producer-directors Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger to new heights.

David Niven plays a British airman who survives a plane crash and falls in love with an American radio operator (Kim Hunter), only to be summoned to the afterlife by a heavenly ‘Conductor’ (Marius Goring). But is heaven just a hallucination brought on by brain injury?

Described by Martin Scorsese as “an audacious film” that is “romantic, daring and beautiful” and by Mark Kermode as “one of the greatest movies ever made”, it has been referenced or riffed on by Aardman, the Harry Potter series, BBC’s Big Train, Marvel, Pet Shop Boys, Phil Collins, and appeared on British stamps and at the opening of the 2012 Olympics.

Screening as part of Cinema Unbound: The Creative Worlds of Powell + Pressburger, a UK-wide film season supported by National Lottery and BFI Film Audience Network. bfi.org.uk/powell-and-pressburger. We want audiences new and old to re-discover the beautiful, transgressive worlds created on screen by the radical imaginations of these hugely influential filmmakers. For details of the whole season screening in Plymouth, please visit www.plymouthartscinema.org

Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, UK, 1946, 104 mins.

Cast: David Niven, Kim Hunter, Roger Livesey, Raymond Massey.
A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH 1946 Kim Hunter David Niven ITV Studios Global Entertainment Park Circus