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April 8—15, 2024

Warsaw

A Matter of Life and Death


In 1945, pilot Peter Carter (David Niven) jumps out of a burning plane without a parachute, readying himself for imminent death. But because the guide who was supposed to accompany him to the Other World gets lost in the thick English fog, Peter continues his earthly existence. He romances American radio operator June (Kim Hunter) and, after asking for an appeal, prepares to plead his case – after all, he survived and avoided the black and white afterlife through no fault of his own.

This seemingly absurd starting point gives way to the most wonderful, adult wartime fairytale that the Archers ever created. Thoroughly romantic, placing feeling above reason, and immersing the viewer in a fantasy world, A Matter of Life and Death is a poetic, impassioned defence of a simple truth: love can overcome all odds. Jack Cardiff’s visual spectacle is accompanied by geopolitical dilemmas: in the post-war reality, will the US and the UK remain friends?

Sebastian Smoliński

4K restoration from 2017.

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DATE

April 12, 2024

TIME

6:45 PM

VENUE

Kino Iluzjon Stolica

COPY / OTHERS

DATE

April 15, 2024

TIME

3:30 PM

VENUE

Kino Iluzjon Stolica

COPY / OTHERS

ENGLISH TITLE

A Matter of Life and Death

ORIGINAL TITLE

A Matter of Life and Death

LANGUAGE

English

SUBTITLES

Polish

SECTION

DIRECTOR

DURATION

104 min

YEAR

1946

COUNTRY

SALES

Park Circus

TRIGGER WARNING

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PRODUCER

Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger

PRODUCTION

The Archers

CAST

David Niven, Roger Livesey, Raymond Massey

SCREENPLAY

Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Jack Cardiff (colour)

EDITING

Reginald Mills

SCORE

Allan Gray

COSTUME DESIGN

Hein Heckroth, Joseph Bato

ART DIRECTION

Alfred Junge

DECADE

AWARDS

#78 on the list of The Greatest Films of All Time by “Sight & Sound” (2022), BFI Top 100 British films (1999)

EDITION