Stairway to Heaven (A Matter of Life and Death) Reviews
Trouble is the pilot's Lancaster bomber has just been shot mid air and he has had to make an exit from the aircraft without the aid of a parachute.
In reality Niven's character should be dead and going to a heavenly world. However remarkably he somehow survives and falls in love with the radio operator in person.
The pen pushers in Heaven have made an arithmetic error it appears and deem it there task to send Carter to Heaven.
What follows is a trial where it is to be decided if Carter is to go to Heaven now or be allowed to live the rest of his life living on earth.
The film was titled Stairway To Heaven for it's U.S. release. The title coming from some of the remarkable set design including what appears to be a massive stairway to heaven.
The earth scenes are shot in glorious Technicolor however those in Heaven are monochrome.
The film is also notable for its use of great sets such as the heavenly court with an apparent audience of hundreds and freeze frames throughout the film.
The film also has a U.S.-U.K. relationship story that comes to the fore in the court scenes.
Interesting ideas in a pre-digital era.
The cast is universally excellent. The story is moving and fascinating in its journey between real life and heaven. The directing and art production are amazing. There are few films which have such visually arresting scenes.