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Episode 200 – A Matter of Life and Death, part 1

In World War II, the life of a doomed British airman (David Niven) is saved by mistake, and he falls in love with an American radio operator before the mistake is realized. Part 1 of 3. 1946.

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One Response to “Episode 200 – A Matter of Life and Death, part 1”

  1. BF GoodwillBF Goodwill Says:

    I loved the self-reflexive dialogue about “one craves Technicolor up there” – your viewers might enjoy reading about Michael Powell’s really fascinating, and sometimes quite sad, life and filmmaking career. His 1960 Peeping Tom is a psychological thriller that came out before and is arguably superior to Hitchcock’s canonized Psycho (the Freudian father-son themes in the movie are certainly raised to some weird kind of life-art parallax when one encounters Powell playing the horrible psychologist father in the film and his own son playing the terrified subject-object of this shrink’s twisted experiments). Also, for something completely different, see Powell’s Age Of Consent (1969), where a young Helen Mirren plays muse to James Mason’s existential and artistic aridity (this should be an eye-opener for any of your viewers who only know the contemporary, rather regal, Mirren – after watching this film, your viewers should be amused to know that Mirren was criticized in the press for being barefoot at one of the movie’s premiers).

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