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He learns some humility and recovers his humanity in trying to save the convict’s life. 38 A Matter of Life and Death (1946) Crew: directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger; produced by Hein Heckroth; screenplay by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger; cinematography by Jack Cardiff; music by Allan Gray; edited by Reginald Mills; production design by Alfred Junge; art direction by Arthur Lawson; costumes by Hein Heckroth. Technicolor. 104 mins. Cast: David Niven (Carter); Roger Livesey (Dr Reeves); Kim Hunter (June); Marius Goring (Conductor 71); Raymond Massey (Abraham Farlan); Kathleen Byron (An Angel); Richard Attenborough (English Pilot); Bonar Colleano (American Pilot).

Jack Cardiff ’s colour photography is also terrific. Although Powell and Pressburger must take their full share of the credit for the movie’s achievements, this surely illustrates what a collaborative medium filmmaking is. A Matter of Life and Death can usefully be referred to as a Michael Powell or a Powell-Pressburger movie, but it was the product of many different talents. This is surely one of the contenders for the best British film of all time. Even for 1947, its sympathetic portrayal of IRA members was a brave gesture in the face of British hostility.

The action takes place during one Sunday in an area of the East End close to a market, obviously intended to be Great British Movies 1/3/06 9:00 am Page 44 D O N S H I AC H G R E AT B R I T I S H M OV I E S A group of nuns are trying to establish a school and a hospital in the local ruler’s palace high in the mountains. Their leader is Sister Clodagh, who is unsure of herself in her new position of authority and is further unsettled by her attraction to the local British government agent, Mr Dean, who is also the target of the repressed instincts of Sister Ruth.

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