A Matter Of Life And Death

A Matter Of Life And Death

Powell and Pressburger's (literally) timeless classic returns to our screens for festive screenings.

Squadron Leader Peter Carter (David Niven) is alone in a blazing plane. As he prepares himself for death he confides his innermost secrets to a radio operator (Kim Hunter). After jumping out of the plane he miraculously survives, meets the woman he spoke to and they fall in love.

Although he appears to be unhurt, he has in fact suffered severe concussion which is accompanied by a series of strange hallucinations.

During a brain operation, he meets characters from another world, and whilst he undergoes this dangerous operation, his spirit is put on trial. The verdict will decide whether he will live or die.

Friday 8 December's screening at Curzon Bloomsbury will be introduced by Charles Drazin, a biographer and film historian who lectures at Queen Mary, University of London. His books on cinema include The Finest Years: British Cinema of the 1940s, In Search of the Third Man and Korda: Britain’s Only Movie Mogul.

Saturday 23 December's screening at Curzon Canterbury will be introduced by Eddie McMillan and Bryan Hawkins from Canterbury Christ Church University.

Director(s): Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Length: 104 min
Cast: David Niven, Kim Hunter

Sat 23/12/2017

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