Artist's Choice | A Matter of Life and Death

Friday  16 December  2016  7:30 PM    Friday  16 December  2016 9:30 PM
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Artist’s Choice | films chosen by artists
A Matter of Life and Death

Set during the Second World War, A Matter of Life and Death is a dazzling romantic fantasy and an iconic British film. Directed and produced by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, it was first released in 1946 as Stairway to Heaven, a title derived from the film's most prominent special effect, and narrative device, a broad escalator linking Earth to the afterlife.

David Niven stars as a pilot who meets the love of his life over the radio whilst trying to fly his plane back to base in England. The character becomes caught between life and ‘the other world’, resisting the afterlife to stay with the woman he loves.

The film took a strikingly inventive approach to cinema, reaching for new visual effects. Moving between worlds, and between black and white and colour images, it was shot on three-strip Technicolor film stock. In selected scenes the colour was not fully developed, lending an unusual pearly hue to black and white shots, a reversal of the effect seen just a few years earlier in The Wizard of Oz. The restored Technicolour print screening at CAST was released in 1995.

This film has been selected by CAST studio artist Ben Sanderson, who will give a brief introduction.

Food will be available from CAST Café from 6.30pm, something hot and something sweet for £6.

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