A Matter of Life and Death (U)
We are stepping back in time to celebrate Llangollen Railway’s 1940’s homefront weekend with one of the greatest films ever made, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s 1946 masterpiece, which has been gloriously restored in 4K. Squadron Leader Peter Carter (David Niven) is hurtling to his death in a blazing plane. As he prepares himself for the afterlife, he shares his last thoughts with June (Kim Hunter), an American radio operator at a nearby air base. But, instead of dying as was supposed to be his fate, he not only survives but meets, and falls in love with, June. This throws a spanner in the celestial plan and Peter has to make the case for his life to a heavenly court.
Originally planned as propaganda to help improve relations between Britain and the US following the end of the war, A Matter of Life and Death is so much more. Hugely imaginative and innovative, it is also a simple love story that deals with huge issues: love, war, death, patriotism, bigotry, fear, what it means to be human, and what it means to be alive. It’s special effects, particularly the shifts between a lusciously technicolour earth and the stunning black and white spectacle of the celestial court, are now restored to their original glory on the big screen so enjoy this gorgeous film as it was truly meant to be seen.
Friday, April 12th 2019
Doors open at 7.30pm
Film starts at 8pm
Tickets are available oneline via Skiddle or from Llangollen Oggie Shop and Fine Foods.
Upstairs@The Town Hall,
Llangollen Town Hall,
Castle Street, Llangollen
Directors: Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
Year: 1946 (UK)
Running time: 1 hour 40 minutes
And the critics say…
“One of the greatest movies ever made…you must be asleep if this doesn’t move you .” Mark Kermode, Kermode Uncut
“When I watch A Matter Of Life And Death I see how it makes me laugh when I’m sad and its uncynical romance that melts my heart every single time. I see the ability movies have to transcend, to move and shape us and change who we are. There is an elusive magic at the heart of this film that I am yet to find in anything else. It is my cinematic soulmate and I cannot wait to see it on the big screen.” Rachel Meaden, Den of Geek
“Powell and Pressburger’s wartime drama, starring David Niven as an erroneously alive bomber pilot, is visually extraordinary and politically topical.” Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
“One of the most beloved British films ever is now even more lush, more gorgeous, more humanist in a glorious new restored edition.” MaryAnne Johanson, Flick Filosopher
“I am more convinced than ever that it is both their finest achievement and one of the greatest and most deliriously romantic fantasies to ever hit the big screen.” Roger Ebert, Rogerebert.com