Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger (coolest name ever)
All right so I really screwed up here and now my Netflix queue is an absolute mess. I accidentally skipped the next few movies but now I am getting a bunch of movies a little ahead of where I am. This means that I will probably have to write about ten reviews in a row soon. Ugh.
Well, anyway, at first glance this movie seems a bit silly. A soldier escaped death and now some sort of heaven ambassador has been sent to retrieve him. But he does not want to go because he has fallen in love with a girl for no other reason than her looks and his desperation! Don't make him go until he gets into her pants!
Actually, though, it is a pretty beautiful film. Earth is always in color and the "beyond" is in black and white. This stark contrast is pretty effective and poetic. Also, the pacing is excellent. Immediately, you are thrown into the action and it doesn't really stop until the end.
So P and P narrowly avoid being lame and hokey.
Kim Hunter was recommended by Alfred Hitchcock.
The cinematographer breathed on the camera lens to provide a foggy effect.