THE LIFE AND DEATH OF COLONEL BLIMP
1943, Park Circus, 163 min, UK, Dir: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger

One of British cinema’s crowning glories, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s stunning epic hopscotches between the end of the Boer War and World Wars I and II, and charts the heartbreaking attempts of gentlemanly officer Clive Candy (Roger Livesey) to find his ideal woman, embodied in three different forms by the gorgeous Deborah Kerr, while he spars with German officer Anton Walbrook.


A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH
STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN
1946, Sony Repertory, 104 min, UK, Dir: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger

A breathtaking meditation on the mercies of love and the cruelties of fate, A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH stars David Niven as a WWII pilot pleading his case in Heaven, claiming that he was not meant to die and should be allowed to return to lovely Kim Hunter on earth. Roger Livesey co-stars as the doctor who becomes Niven’s solicitor on the astral plane, with the delightful Marius Goring as a dandified angel.


GONE TO EARTH
1950, Disney, 110 min, UK, Dir: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger

One of Powell and Pressburger’s most gloriously mystical films, GONE TO EARTH stars the enchanting Jennifer Jones as an orphaned country girl, who lives surrounded by magic, superstition and wild forest animals. David Farrar (BLACK NARCISSUS) co-stars as the aristocratic squire who finds himself bewitched by Jones’ charms.


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