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.
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.