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Powell & Pressburger’s A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH

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Friday, December 29 – Thursday, January 4

NEW 4K RESTORATION

Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger

Starring David Niven and Kim Hunter

(1946) Back from bombing Germany, RAF flyboy David Niven crashes into the Channel, despite American operator Kim Hunter’s efforts to talk him down – but he isn’t dead yet, since Collector 71 (Marius Goring), a previously beheaded French aristocrat, has missed his scheduled soul pickup due to heavy fog. Asked to make a film promoting Anglo-American goodwill, Powell & Pressburger (The Red Shoes, Tales of Hoffmann, etc.) soared into otherworldly whimsical fantasy, moving from the great Jack Cardiff’s Technicolor-drenched Earthly photography (more dazzling than ever in this new restoration), to a grandiose celestial trial with Raymond Massey as Niven’s snarling prosecutor, to a grandiose celestial trial with Raymond Massey as Niven’s snarling prosecutor, in glorious pearly hued black & white. “One is starved for Technicolor up there,” Goring remarks from Earth. 4K DCP restoration. ​Approx. 104 min.

A SONY PICTURES RELEASE.

Restored in 4K by Sony Pictures Entertainment from the original Technicolor 3-strip picture negative. 4K scanning by Cineric, New York; Image restoration by L'Immagine Ritrovata, Bologna; Audio restoration by Deluxe Hollywood; color grading, conform, additional image restoration, DCP creation by Deluxe Culver City.

Read more about the restoration here.

SPEND NEW YEAR’S EVE WITH POWELL, PRESSBURGER, HUNTER AND NIVEN.
Free bubbly for 7:40 and 9:50 ticketholders on Sunday, December 31.

Reviews

“A ROMANTIC, DARING AND BEAUTIFULLY REALIZED ALLEGORICAL FANTASY – ONE OF THE BEST OF THE POWELL/PRESSBURGER MOVIES.”
– Martin Scorsese

“One of the most audacious films ever made - in its grandiose vision, and in the cozy English way it’s expressed… The special effects show a universe that never existed until this movie was made, and the vision is breathtaking in its originality.”
– Roger Ebert

“It is a film with incredible self-possession, at once a playful miniature of innocent love and grandiose epic.”
– Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

“A virtuoso opening shot displays Powell’s ambitions: nothing less than a tracking movement across the universe, beginning with a distant galaxy and coming to fix on the cockpit of a British bomber, returning toward Dover from an air raid deep within Germany… Like so many of the films that Powell and Pressburger made together A Matter of Life and Death seems to overflow with ideas. In between international politics and metaphysical speculation, the film even finds room for some cinematic self-referentiality.”
– Dave Kehr, The New York Times

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A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH

Friday, December 29 – Thursday, January 4