The result is not only Powell’s most personal film, but a favorite in his work as well, with Pressburger always saying The Life and Times of Colonel Blimp was his. says Schonmaker, who believes that Hollywood will not allow a mysterious and complex film as a matter of life and death to be made today.
“Everyone wants to explain everything. One thing Michael said [Scorsese] And I was, ‘Never explain. Show it. Don’t explain it. Marty took it very seriously in a very big way. That’s what makes this so beautiful. They don’t preach to you. They make you feel. They get you involved. You may be a little confused at first. But then you say, “Oh, I see.” Then you really start to be enchanted.”
To this day, young movie fans tell Shonmaker how amazed they were at the matter of life and death. “I think a lot of it is grit and humor and just love story. It’s constantly challenging and shocking,” says Christie, adding that he believes messages of love, hope, and thought are so enduring that they can always be reinterpreted.
“This is the measure of great artwork. I always tell students that the definition of a classic is something that can be reinterpreted very differently at different times,” he explains. “We choose to see different things in him because of who we are at that moment.”
Fortunately, Powell was well aware of the film’s significance and legacy before his death at the age of 84. Even in its last moments, Schoonmaker could see the enthusiasm for life that made A Matter of Life and Death so inspiring and life-affirming.
“He always said about this movie, ‘Love involves sacrifice and sacrifice is about love.’ So when [June] Steps on the stairs to give up her life for her [Peter]This is Michael Powell. He would do it for me, and I would do it for him. He had no fear of death. Even when he died, a smile appeared on his face… He just loved life. He knew how to live life. Some artists suffer from torture and nervousness and it was not. He savored every second of his life. It was great to live with him for that reason. It was always a joy.”
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