Film: A Matter of Life and Death

Dir: Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger,

1946 (U) 104 mins

David Niven stars in Powell & Pressburger’s exquisite wartime classic as an unflappable WWII pilot who must fight in celestial court for his right to live.

A Second World War bomber pilot survives jumping out of his stricken plane without a parachute and falls in love with the radio operator he spoke to during the fateful flight. A heavenly messenger is sent to tell him he should have died and that his presence is required in the afterlife, but he remains determined to continue his life on Earth and insists on a trial to resolve the issue.

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