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  1. Wee Hunk's rating of the film A Matter of Life and Death

    When I first saw it, it was called 'Stairway to Heaven'. It's a remarkable title and so much better than 'A Matter of Life and Death'. Isn't it always a matter of life and death? Might as well call it 'Things Happen'. I like David Niven, but Marius Goring as the French fop was outstanding. "There's a lady who's sure \ All that glitters is gold \ And she's buying a stairway to heaven."

  2. Adam Whybray's rating of the film A Matter of Life and Death

    So deeply poigant and romantic and gosh darn beautiful to look at that you almost forget it's a bizarre propaganda attempt to make the British get on a bit better with their American allies! I honestly don't know if I can think of a film more charming than this. Christ, it almost makes love seem worth dying for - though far, far, far better to live for!

  3. Howard Fritzson's rating of the film A Matter of Life and Death

    Inventive but full of the overripe touches that typify Powell/Pressburger. It's an enjoyable film and the three leads, particularly Livesey, are terrific but it is truly dated and not only for it's theme. I much prefer "Black Narcissus." The style is more integrated with the subject.

  4. Jugu Abraham's rating of the film A Matter of Life and Death

    Although the subject is stupid, the film is a delight for those who can appreciate the difference in shifts of b/w to color and vice versa. Very good cinematography (Jack Cardiff and Geoffrey Unsworth) and intelligent use of sets.

  5. 'king Harold's rating of the film A Matter of Life and Death

  6. Huey McEvoy's rating of the film A Matter of Life and Death

    The cut-glass RAF accents. stiff upper lips and endlessly lecherous comments certainly reduce the timelessness of this classic - I half expected to see 3 silhouettes giving the film a good roasting during many of the early scenes - but this is such a singularly beautiful and surreal flight of wish-fulfilment fantasy that it hardly matters.

  7. FISCHER's rating of the film A Matter of Life and Death

    Incontestable chef-d'oeuvre du cinéma fantastique ! www.cinefiches.com

  8. Freddie's rating of the film A Matter of Life and Death

    Overrated as hell, and, frankly, as heaven as well. Bad pun, I know :)

  9. Wasunan T's rating of the film A Matter of Life and Death

  10. DrFirestone's rating of the film A Matter of Life and Death

    I loved the opening, you could literally feel the tension between the pilot and radio operator, unfortunately this slowly diluted as the film progressed... Stunning technicolor; beautifully shot WWII story with unusual fantasy, dreamlike elements. This film seems to be a reflection of port war trauma and in some regards it has obviously dated, some scenes, ideologies, like the court case part are a bit disturbing...

  11. Felicity Green's rating of the film A Matter of Life and Death

    A fantastical story of love's triumph over death. Some excellent moustaches and beautifully surreal sets.

  12. ajdehany's rating of the film A Matter of Life and Death

    Gosh amazing but the court case business weakens the whole thing sadly.

  13. tintinmugshot's rating of the film A Matter of Life and Death

    Fantastical, fantastic cinema.

  14. Lewis Taylor's rating of the film A Matter of Life and Death

  15. Superfrog's rating of the film A Matter of Life and Death

    Probably the most enjoyment I have had with a film in years. The premise is great, the characters are amazing (particularly the French envoy), the cultural references add nice subtle comedic value without being chauvinistic. The astronomical shots are probably not the most exact, but who cares. Definitely one to watch.

  16. perrieraddict's rating of the film A Matter of Life and Death

    A bit of a reverse 'It's A Wonderful Life', in which Peter Carter's 'borrowed' time and what he could potentially do with it in the future is the subject of a celestial courtroom debate.

  17. patrick chen's rating of the film A Matter of Life and Death

    A smart script with so much cleverness and wit that puts lot of modern films in shame.

  18. JCPJD's rating of the film A Matter of Life and Death

    My third P&P film, and probably my last. I know 'The Red Shoes' is Scorcese's favourite film, but I just don't get it. I'm British, so maybe that has something to do with it. All that tweed, those accents, the stiff upper lips and jingoism. I hate it all. This is the best one I've seen as there are some great sequences, but it's lumpy as hell and just a bit naff. Brexiters love this stuff. And Johnny foreigners.

  19. Marc Saffar's rating of the film A Matter of Life and Death

    Film très étrange, visuellement splendide si on aime une esthétique un peu kitsch ou baroque. Certainement l'époque du très immédiat après-guerre imprègne les esprits. Une curiosité à découvrir.

  20. smndvdcl's rating of the film A Matter of Life and Death

    Realist and Romanticist's notions of cinema seamlessly intertwined,

  21. Jeremiah Johnson's rating of the film A Matter of Life and Death

    I admire storytellers who aren't afraid of implementing supernatural elements in their stories. This film is basically a love story/ war drama but it opens like a sci-fi film with beautiful cosmic images and then there is a heaven for fallen soldiers and a French fairy-tale character who time travels. What genre would you classify this film in?

  22. Margot H's rating of the film A Matter of Life and Death

    Sadly my poor internet connection did not allow me to finish this film on time. but the first half that I saw was awesoooome!!

  23. Tibulle85's rating of the film A Matter of Life and Death

    Un joli conte post-mortem, qui démarre un peu comme un épisode de la Twilight Zone. Mais le film vaut surtout pour sa 2e partie, avec l'introduction d'éléments "rationnels", donnant alors à l'ensemble une ambiguïté bienvenue. Malheureusement, le tout se clôt par un segment (le procès) inutilement long et pontifiant. La réalisation est très inventive, le technicolor flamboyant...Globalement un très bon moment.

  24. BUSTER TIERNEY's rating of the film A Matter of Life and Death

    Quel délice ! L'aspect Kitsch ne gêne pas pour que l'on plonge dans cette histoire fantastico-poétique. Les interprètes apportent une vérité et un charme remarquables. Même "El Cabron", autre histoire d'au-delà, ne lui arrive pas à la cheville.

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