A Matter of Life and Death

TitleA Matter of Life and Death
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1947
AuthorsPowell, Michael, and Emeric Pressburger
Running Time104 min
Date Released11/1946
DistributorEagle-Lion Films
CountryUnited Kingdom
Publication Languageeng

This gorgeously shot fantasy film explores life and death during World War II. At the very end of the European Theater, Peter, a pilot for the Royal Air Force, abandons his ship above the English Channel without a parachute. He escapes the clutches of death and enjoys a brief reprieve with his American sweetheart. When death arrives, Peter must face a heavenly tribunal that playfully comments on wars throughout the modern era, the new special relationship between the United Kingdom and the United States, and love. 


David Niven

Roger Livesey

Raymond Massey

Kim Hunter

Marius Goring


Produced by George Busby, Michael Powell, and Emeric Pressburger

Directed and Written by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger

Cinematography by Jack Cardiff

Music by Allan Gray

Edited by Reginald Mills

Production design by Alfred Junge


Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Alternate TitleStairway to Heaven
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