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The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp / A Matter of Life and Death ( aka Stairway to Heaven )

"The Life And Death Of Colonel Blimp" (1943, 157 minutes). Roger Livesey brilliantly portrays British officer Clive Candy, through the trials and tribulations of three wars, three loves and a lifelong friendship across enemy lines. During the Boer War, Candy is sent to Berlin to trap a German spy. There he befriends a German Officer, Theo (Anton Walbrook), who marries the girl (Deborah Kerr) Candy is in love with. During the First World War, Candy marries a girl who resembles his lost love and helps Theo - now a POW - to be repatriated. Candy comes back in the Second World War as a Brigadier General and once again encounters Theo. On joining a Home Guard exercise, Candy is captured, however, and the two are forced to either aid or betray each other... "A Matter Of Life And Death" (Aka "Stairway to Heaven") (1946, 100 minutes). It's night over Europe, the night of the 2nd of May 1945. A crippled Lancaster Bomber struggles home across the English Channel, all crew dead save for the young pilot (David Niven) desperately scanning the radio for signs of life. His prayers are answered, June (Kim Hunter), a young radio operator, picks up his signal, and in the final moments of the young flyer's life, a special bond is formed. The next morning, washed up on an English beach, Squadron Leader Peter Carter is alive, he finds June, and the two fall in love. Somehow he survived. It's a miracle... or is it? Peter Carter should have died that night; a heavenly escort missed him in the fog above the channel, and now he must face the celestial court of appeal for his right to live.

Year: 1943
Genre: Alice's 500 Greatest Films, Classic Drama, Best of the 1940s, Movies (1001 You Must See Before You Die), Classic Cinema
Country: UK
Director: Emeric Pressburger, Michael Powell
Starring: Anton Walbrook, Deborah Kerr, Roger Livesey, David Niven, Kim Hunter, Raymond Massey
Duration: 257 Minutes
Rating: PG
Location in store: Alice's 500 Greatest Films
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