A Matter of Life and Death

London: The Archers / Eagle-Lion, 1946. Original UK Program for the 1946 film, released in the US as "Stairway to Heaven." SIGNED by director Michael Powell on page 12, just above the photo next to his biographical sketch.

While it is certainly arguable that the greatest Powell-Pressburger film is a 10-way tie for first place, "A Matter of Life and Death" is probably the most philosophically ambitious of their masterpieces. David Niven is a British wartime aviator who unwittingly cheats death, and must ultimately argue for his continued existence before a celestial court. In between these two events is a wildly imaginative and surreal tale, told first in Technicolor (on earth), then in Dye-Monochrome black-and-white (in heaven).

This oversize program book evokes the spirit of the film beautifully, with clever use of two-color processes (mostly pink and blue) throughout. Includes biographies and large photos of the principal actors, reviews, an essay about the techniques used to shoot the film, and credits for the cast and crew. The credits and promotion are specific to the UK, rather than international or US, distribution of the film through Eagle-Lion and General Distributors.

Self-wrappers, 14.5 x 11.5 inches, saddle-stapled. Very Good plus condition with fine shallow creasing at the wrapper extremities.

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