Film Reviews, Short Review

A Matter of Life and Death (1946)

3.5/4

The politics of A Matter of Life and Death may be quite dodgy (one can read the film as a Tory treatise on the then-burgeoning welfare state of Clement Attlee’s government), but the filmmaking certainly isn’t. This is a simply gorgeous film to look at. The contrast of a black and white heaven with the sharp Technicolor of life on Earth is a pleasure, as is the film’s set design and special effects. Combine that with a well-told, engaging story with a superb premise – an airman (David Niven) must argue for his right to stay alive after heavenly beings fail to take him upstairs – and you have a rightfully enduring classic of British cinema.

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