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A Matter of Life and Death Overview:

A Matter of Life and Death (1946) was a Fantasy - Drama Film directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger and produced by Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger and George R. Busby.

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Neste Mundo e no Outro / A Matter of Life and Death (aka Stairway to Heaven, 1946)

By Lê on Aug 5, 2016 From Critica Retro

Neste Mundo e no Outro / A Matter of Life and Death (aka Stairway to Heaven, 1946) Eu nunca vou me esquecer da emoção que senti quando vi “Os Sapatinhos Vermelhos” (1948) pela primeira vez. Uma verdade pouco repetida é que a cor é algo muito poderoso a ser usado no cinema, e com e... Read full article


A Matter of Life and Death

By Michael on May 9, 2012 From Le Mot du Cinephiliaque

A Matter of Life and Death aka Stairway to Heaven (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, 1946) First, a film from the 1000 Greatest Films of All-time at They Shoot Pictures, then, one of the most celebrated offering of the association of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger commonly called Th... Read full article


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Quotes from

Abraham Farlan: Child, where were you born?
June: In Boston Sir.
Abraham Farlan: Do you know this man?
June: I think so.
Abraham Farlan: You think so?
June: I only met him a few days ago.
Abraham Farlan: You hardly know him. How can you think you love him?
June: But I do love him.
Abraham Farlan: Nonsense my child.
Doctor Frank Reeves: I object. Council will withdraw the expression.
June: It's all right Frank. he's right. There's no sense in love.
Abraham Farlan: Wisdom still flowers in Boston.


Doctor Frank Reeves: Tell me, do you believe in the survival of human personality after death?
Peter: I thought you said you read my verses.
[to June]
Doctor Frank Reeves: Do you?
June: I don't know, er, I'd never thought about it, do you?
Doctor Frank Reeves: I don't know, I've thought about it too much.


Doctor Frank Reeves: The rights of the uncommon man must always be respected.


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The film's premiere (1 November 1946), at the Empire, Leicester Square, London was held in the presence of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, and became the first ever Royal Film Performance.
For the table tennis scene, Kim Hunter and Roger Livesey were trained by Alan Brooke, the British champion who played many games with International Champion Victor Barna. During a visit to Denham Studios the two champions played a couple of games before an admiring audience of artists and technicians. For luck, Hunter borrowed one of Brooke's tournament bats for her film game.
Michael Powell's golden cocker spaniels Erik and Spangle make their fourth and final appearance on film in Dr. Reeves' Camera Obscura.
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