A Matter of Life and Death (1946)
Bernard and Irene Schwartz Classic Film Series
Thelma Schoonmaker
Fri, February 28th, 2014 | 7:00 pm


This event is part of the New-York Historical Society's spring 2014 Free Fridays programs, sponsored by Bank of America. Entrance to the film series is free during the Museum's Pay-as-you-wish Friday Nights (6 – 8 pm). No advanced reservations. Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 6 pm. New-York Historical Society members receive priority.


Justice in Film
Join us for the New-York Historical Society’s film series, featuring opening remarks by notable directors, writers, actors, and historians. This series will explore how film has tackled social conflict, morality, and the perennial struggles between right and wrong that are waged from the highest levels of government to the smallest of local communities.

A Matter of Life and Death (1946)
A downed British WWII pilot argues his case to escape death in front of a celestial court in this visually stunning film that blurs the line between fantasy and reality. Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. Starring David Niven, Robert Coote, Kim Hunter. 104 min.


Thelma Schoonmaker is one of the industry’s best and most celebrated film editors. She has won three Academy Awards—for her work on Raging Bull, The Aviator, and The Departed—and has been nominated for four more. Ms. Schoonmaker has been an integral part of director Martin Scorsese’s creative team for over 40 years and has edited all of his feature films since 1980.


The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024


The New-York Historical Society is grateful to Bank of America for its generous support of all Free Fridays programs.

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