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A Matter of Life and Death U rating

Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s timeless romantic fantasy, with David Niven as an airman trapped between life and death.

Fantasy 1946 104 mins

Director: Michael Powell


First mooted as a project to foster an improvement in Anglo-American relations, A Matter of Life and Death emerged as a timeless romantic fantasy. David Niven plays Peter Carter, a young airman seemingly doomed before his time and trapped between life and death, between a Technicolor earth and a monochrome heaven.

There have been other films that have dealt with heaven and earth but none possessed quite the ambition or visual flair of AMoLaD.