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Paul Jensen

A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH (1946) 5 stars

An astonishing and masterful film from the Powell & Pressburger team. Wildly outrageous and inventive in its use of color and black and white photography. Truly cinematic and original. They have a talent at making every scene memorable, fast-paced and quite genius. Their offbeat and quirky choices are free from cliches (similar to the Coen bros.) and their stories are filled with humanity without being naive. The dialogue, acting and editing was so ahead of its time. They manage to be both profound and funny without missing a beat. It's a heartwarming and brave film about love and war set on both earth and heaven. The technicolor imagery is breathtaking and you'll never be able to predict just where this wonderful film will lead. A truly magical film experience.

 

Genre: Drama
Director: Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger