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A Matter of Life and Death

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New Digital Restoration!

Friday, February 23 & Saturday, February 24

A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH (AKA: STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN) (1946) dir Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger w/David Niven, Kim Hunter, Roger Livesey, Raymond Massey [104 min; DCP]
After a British airman (Niven) crashes during a WWII bombing mission but miraculously survives, he meets and falls in love with the American woman (Hunter) who tried to help him. Unfortunately, according to Heaven, it really was his time to die. Once he arrives at the Pearly Gates, however, he gains the opportunity to plead for a second chance at life.

“Asked to make a film promoting Anglo-American goodwill, Powell & Pressburger (The Red Shoes) soared into otherworldly whimsical fantasy, moving from the great Jack Cardiff’s Technicolor-drenched Earthly photography (more dazzling than ever in this new restoration), to a grandiose celestial trial with Raymond Massey as Niven’s snarling prosecutor, in glorious pearly hued black & white.” – Film Forum, NYC

★★★★ “One of the most audacious films ever made.” – Roger Ebert

“Romantic, daring and beautiful.” – Martin Scorsese

★★★★★ “Essential viewing.” – The Times (UK)

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0veuSLLWZ0

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Friday 2/23
at 5:00 7:15 9:30 PM
Saturday 2/24
at 5:00 7:15 9:30 PM

 
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