MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH, A aka STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN
aka STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN
Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's celebrated WWII fantasy A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH — called STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN in the U.S. owing to its most memorable special effect, a celestial escalator transporting souls from Earth to heaven — continues to rank among the greatest British films of all time. A downed RAF pilot (David Niven) escapes death when his conductor to the afterlife (Marius Goring) loses sight of him in the English Channel fog. Having fallen in love with American WAC Kim Hunter, Niven passionately pleads his case with the heavenly authorities that it's not yet his time to go. DIR/SCR/PROD Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger. UK, 1946, color/b&w, 104 min. In English, French and Russian with English subtitles. NOT RATED
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