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8/10
A Matter of Life and Death
Dir: Powell & Presburger
1946

A film which is just great fun. Additionally, a real ground-breaker visually in its day. Experimenting with Technicolor, alternating between black and white and colour, and with a memorable camera obscura scene giving a bird’s eye view of the village. The special effects even now transport you from the earth to another world as though you were flying between the two, thanks to the giant staircase and the Google-Earth-like zooms. The basic love story between the main characters is a little precipitated and dated but, in this film, the coat hanger is of little importance.

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