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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


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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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Abraham Farlan: You claim you love her.
Peter: I do love her!
Abraham Farlan: Can you prove it?
Peter: Well give me time, sir. Fifty years will do.
Abraham Farlan: But can you prove it?
Peter: Well, can a starving man prove he's hungry except by eating?
Abraham Farlan: Would you die for her?
Peter: I would, but, er, I'd rather live.


June: [opening words, before faces shown on screen] Request your position. Come in, Lancaster. Come in, Lancaster.
Peter: Position - nil, repeat nil. Age - 27, 27, did you get that? Very important. Education - interrupted, violently interrupted. Religion - Church of England. Politics - Conservative by nature, Labour by experience. What's your name?


June: Received your message. We can hear you. Are you wounded? Repeat. Are you wounded? Are you bailing out?
Peter: What's your name?
June: June.
Peter: Yes June, I'm bailing out. I'm bailing out but there's a catch, I've got no parachute.


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David Niven and Raymond Massey who both starred together in The Prisoner of Zenda and A Matter of Life and Death both died on the same day, July 29th 1983.
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.
George Arliss was originally offered the Judge.
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