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Stairway to Heaven

Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger United Kingdom, 1946

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.