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A Matter Of Life And Death
By: Ian Christie

Ian's AMOLAD book Paperback price: £7.99

A dazzling fantasy produced in the aftermath of the Second World War, A Matter of Life and Death (1946) is one of the greatest achievements of co-directors Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. Starring David Niven as an RAF pilot poised between life and death the film is a haunting meditation on love, grief and the legacy of war, made vivid by remarkable colour photography and set design (including the famous 'stairway to heaven'). Ian Christie, one of the foremost scholars of Powell and Pressburger looks in detail at the making of the film as well as locating it in the broadest traditions of British art.

Professor Ian Christie of Birkbeck College, London is the author of Arrows of Desire (1994) and most recently the editor of Gilliam on Gilliam (Faber 1999)

Published 00/09/00

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