<i>A Matter of Life and Death (Stairway to Heaven).</i> 1946. Great Britain. Directed by Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
  • A Matter of Life and Death (Stairway to Heaven)

    1946. Great Britain. Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger. 104 min.

Sunday, April 18, 2010, 5:45 p.m.

Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1

  • A Matter of Life and Death (Stairway to Heaven)

    1946. Great Britain. Written and directed by Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger. Cinematography by Jack Cardiff. With David Niven, Kim Hunter, Marius Goring, Roger Livesey. In Powell’s favorite film, Niven plays a downed RAF pilot hovering (quite literally) between Heaven and Earth—and between black-and-white and Technicolor in the bargain. This was a breakthrough film for Powell, who remarked, “I felt I could do anything and get away with it…. For me from then on, there was no more realism in films, only surrealism.” The design centerpiece of the film is Alfred Junge’s spectacular stairway to Heaven. In 1983, when Niven lay dying in Switzerland, Powell sent him a cable reading, “Good luck on that stairway, chum. 104 min.

In the Film exhibition David Niven: A Centenary Tribute

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