Iain Gray Freelance Writer

A Matter of Life and Death - Review

A Lancaster struggles home through a thick fog after a Second World War bombing raid over Europe. The pilot bails out with a ruined parachute, but not before he talks to, and falls in love with, an American radio operator called June.

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When he wakes up on a beach, miraculously alive, is he getting a second chance at life or has a mistake been made in heaven?

This 1946 fantasy was originally suggested by the British government as a way to improve souring relations between Britain and the US after the war.

What Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger delivered was a majestic testament to the power of love, and a witty reminder about an individual’s insignificance in the immensity of the cosmos.


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