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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 L? 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 emo??o que senti quando vi “Os Sapatinhos Vermelhos” (1948) pela primeira vez. Uma verdade pouco repetida ? que a cor ? 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


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

By L? on Nov 30, -0001 From Critica Retro

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


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Doctor Frank Reeves: Sir, may I bring you up to date? We are living in the 20th century, not in the 18th.
Abraham Farlan: May I bring you up to date, sir? We are not alive at all.


Peter: [over radio] Where were you born?
June: Boston.
Peter: Mass.?
June: Yes.
Peter: That's a place to be born, history was made there. Are you in love with anybody? No, no don't answer that.
June: I could love a man like you, Peter.
Peter: I love you, June. You're life and I'm leaving you.


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.


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The inspiration for Peter's medical condition came from the semi-autobiographical novel "A Journey Round My Skull" by Hungarian novelist Frigyes Karinthy. More precise medical detail came from Emeric Pressburger's research in the British Library and consultations with Michael Powell's brother in law, Dr. Joe Reidy, who was a plastic surgeon in London.
The huge escalator linking this World with the Other, called "Operation Ethel" by the firm of engineers who constructed her under the aegis of the London Passenger Transport Board, took three months to make and cost 3,000 pounds (in 1946). "Ethel" had 106 steps each 20 feet wide and was driven by a 12 h.p. engine. The full shot was completed by hanging miniatures.
Film debut of Lois Maxwell.
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