A Matter of Life and Death in 4K

A Matter of Life and Death in 4K

Powell and Pressburger’s magical charm once again captivates the world of cinema in their fantastical creation A Matter of Life and Death. The film stars David Niven as a Royal Air Force pilot finding himself on the verge of death while forming a spiritual connection with an American radio operator, June (Kim Hunter), in its intense, yet fascinating opening sequence. Employing metaphorical thematic vessels such as religion and salvation, the film perceives life and death as an interrelated pair of forces rather than two separate entities and believes in the epic escalator as a means of transportation between the two realms.

DIRECTED/WRITTEN BY: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger. WITH: David Niven, Kim Hunter, Roger Livesey, Marius Goring. 1946. 104 min. UK. Technicolor. English, French, Russian. 4K DCP. Restored in 2017 in 4K by Sony Pictures Entertainment from the original Technicolor 3-strip picture negative. Digital image restoration by L'Immagine Ritrovata in Bologna. Additional restoration by MTI Film. Audio restoration by Deluxe Audio. Color grading, conforming, DCP creation at Deluxe Culver City.

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