Sunday, 17 March 2013

A Matter Of Life And Death (film)

Vintage film for this blog post in the form of a classic supernatural fantasy romance from 1946, presented by Eastbourne Film Society. Written and directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, A Matter Of Life And Death tells the story of an RAF pilot who cheats death over the English Channel. It stars David Niven in, I think, one of the best roles he ever played, together with Kim Hunter, Roger Livesey, Raymond Massey and Marius Goring.

Peter Carter (David Niven) is nursing home a damaged Lancaster bomber after a raid over Germany in 1945. He persuades the rest of his crew to bail out safely, heroically failing to reveal to them that his own parachute is useless. After talking to American radio operator June (Kim Hunter) for a few minutes over the airwaves, Peter leaps supposedly to his death. However, there is thick fog over the Channel that night meaning that Peter fails to rendezvous with Conductor 71 (Marius Goring), the supernatural being who was meant to lead him to the afterlife. Peter wakes up the next morning, having landed remarkably close to June's airbase. Conductor 71 finds Peter and tries to persuade him to accept his death and move on, but Peter has already fallen in love with June and cannot bear to leave her. Peter is given special dispensation to argue his case for remaining on Earth in front of a celestial court.

Curzon Cinema, Wed 17th Apr, times tbc.
Tickets £6.80 adults, £4.80 concessions, available by calling 01323 731441 or in person at the Box Office (3pm to 7pm daily).