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A "Matter of Life and Death" (BFI Film Classics) [Paperback]

Ian Christie
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1 Sep 2000 BFI Film Classics
A dazzling fantasy produced in the aftermath of World War Two, "A Matter of Life and Death" (1946), released in the US as "Stairway to Heaven", is one of the greatest achievements of co-directors Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. Starring David Niven as an RAF pilot poised between life and death the film is a haunting meditation on love, grief and the legacy of war. This book looks in detail at the making of the film as well as locating it in the broadest traditions of British art.

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  • Paperback: 87 pages
  • Publisher: BFI Publishing (1 Sep 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0851704794
  • ISBN-13: 978-0851704791
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 14 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Every page a delight 25 Oct 2000
A scholarly approach with a wealth of references is just what you'd expect from Ian Christie, Professor of Film Studies and long term admirer of the works of Powell and Pressburger.
This book covers many aspects of this much loved film such as why it was made, where they got their ideas from, how it was received at the time and how it is still much admired over 50 years later.
There is something for everyone in this delightful book.
Only 98 pages but every one a delight.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Transatlantic Valentine 4 Aug 2002
By Michael Samerdyke - Published on Amazon.com
This is a very good book on a very interesting and good movie. Christie explores the origins of "A Matter of Life and Death," discusses its attitudes toward time and how the film uses color. I especially liked his examination of the film's historical context, namely how although it was inspired by WWII issues, it was still relevant when it came out in the early years of the Cold War. (Christie quotes a Soviet review of the movie which is quite interesting.)
This book is strongly recommended for those who love the movies of Powell and Pressburger.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book for the history of the film 1 Sep 2009
By Michael R. Eggleston - Published on Amazon.com
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...but I was really hoping for more graphics from the film. It does do a great job on the history of the film, which always impressed me with it's fantasy sequences and early use of color combined with monochrome to delinieate between real life and Peter's mind-fantasies. As there is no other book on this film, I recommend it, but down 1-star for lackluster graphics.
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