matter of life and death


Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, United Kingdom, 1946, 104΄

24 July 2021, 21:00

Dellagrazia Drive-In

After miraculously surviving a jump from his burning plane, RAF pilot Peter Carter encounters the American radio operator to whom he has just delivered his dying wishes, and, face-to-face on a tranquil English beach, the pair fall in love. When a messenger from the hereafter arrives to correct the bureaucratic error that spared his life, Peter must mount a fierce defense for his right to stay on earth – painted as a rich Technicolor Eden – climbing a wide staircase to stand trial in a starkly beautiful, black-and-white modernist afterlife. Intended to smooth tensions between the wartime allies Britain and America, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s richly humanistic film traverses time and space to make a case for the transcendent value of love.

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