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A Matter of Life and Death (1946)

Movie review of A Matter of Life and Death aka Stairway to Heaven.

      Love is always a matter of life or death-or at least it feels that way when you are in it. Peter Carter, RAF pilot, feels that way as he falls for the voice of June, an American over the radio as his aircraft is doomed to crash during WWII. Peter who cheats death unknowingly due to the dense London fog, meets June, the American, and falls for the rest of her.  The scenery was fantastic with the moving stairs to heaven and the court set. I also liked the use of Technicolour for earth and monocrome for heaven. It could have easily have been reversed, but i like that they used black and white for heaven.


This giant escalator was an amazing setpeice. 
Abe Lincoln would have won the case i’m sure. The politics in the court scene i thought were silly and they made fun of early rock and roll music!!? Shame. The plot is one that sticks with you as do some of the characters. The French messenger, the motorcyling doctor, and June with her tears of pure love. One of the best opening scenes ever. (Not the universe part, but the airplane crash.)

Wings or Props? I give this film major props. Have you seen my chess book?

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  1. beth
    Posted April 13, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    i will have to watch it

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