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A Matter of Life and Death 15

BUY TICKETS 8pm Sunday 18 February

DIRECTOR Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
CAST David Niven, Kim Hunter, Roger Livesey, Marius Goring

A stunning new restoration of Powell & Pressburger’s brilliant romantic masterpiece – still one of the best British films of all time.

A stunning new restoration of Powell & Pressburger’s strange and lovely romantic masterpiece, filmed by former Saffron Walden resident Jack Cardiff. Second World War pilot Peter Carter (Niven) escapes his burning plane and is found, miraculously unhurt, by radio operator June (Hunter). The pair must fight for their love and their right to remain together on earth while the guardians of heaven stage a trial to decide whether Peter should be summoned to the afterlife. One of the best British films of all time.
(1946 UK 100 mins)

The theatrical stylisation of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger sometimes deflected their thematic purpose, but in this dazzling fantasy they succeed in marrying the two elements to perfection … its political outspokenness, visual audacity and mannered playing now make it one of the most fondly recalled of all British movies.  David Parkinson, Radio Times

BBFC advice: Contains mild threat
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