Stairway to Heaven (A Matter of Life and Death) (Stairway to Heaven) (1946)
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What today's audiences will find amazing is the sheer energy of its invention.
Beautifully directed, designed (especially the massive, working escalator that links Heaven and Earth), photographed and acted, it is a must-see for both classic and contemporary film buffs.
Although it's undeniably a great-looking film, I just found A Matter of Life and Death to be too harebrained to take seriously as a piece of important cinema.
Though the writer-directors and the actors may be the first names you notice, the cameraman also helped A Matter of Life and Death become one of the most moving movies ever made.
The duo put so much care and love into the film that in the end we know they're right: Love really is the greatest of all virtues.
In spite of its thematic bleakness, A Matter of Life and Death succeeds in being a sparkling fantasy picture ....
(The filmmakers') creativity is both fantastic and organic, their imagery spellbinding and gorgeous, and their scripting clever and witty.
Pretty bizarre fantasy set in WWII era starring David Niven.
A very pleasing fantasy film from the team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.
One of the most enchanting movies you'll ever have the pleasure to see.
Probably Powell and Pressburger's best film.
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