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Published on May 10, 2008
Peter Carter, a RAF pilot jumps without his parachute, yet because of a low fog across the channel, the angels miss him. In his extra day on earth he falls in love with June, so when an angel comes to take him back to heaven where he belongs he refuses to leave her and demands a re-trial.
Everything in colour is "our world" and everything in black and white is "heaven" This was Powell and Pressburger's last movie of their war service. Made in 1946 it's about (among other things) survivior guilt and how to build a future after the war, as well as about the individuals' relationship to the state. It's a nigh on perfect film- it's inventive, different and never fails to absolutly devastate me every single time I watch it.
I think possibly the reason why I sob from beginning to end is because it reminds me of my grandparents, (who are still going strong after 64 years of marriage) and all their hopes and dreams for the future are them planning on building my world and my parents world, so i have a vested interest in the outcome of the trial. Watching in 2008 I can look back over the sixty or so years and see what they would be missing. Either that or im just a big sap :)
The song is 'Angels' by Robbie Williams. The film is 'A Matter of Life and Death' or 'Stairway to Heaven' if you're American.