Conductor 71

Conductor 71 c

“I fell in love because of your mistake”

A Matter between Life and Death is an excellent film from 1946. One I recommend for the holidays. This film has some strange and lovelorn characters, my favorite being Conductor 71. He is an angel or appointed heavenly being / worker who makes an error, or does he? His character is whimsical and deliciously androgynous.

“One is starved for Technicolor up there…what a night for love.”

Conductor 71 b

I think Johnny Depp stole from this character in his impersonation of Willy Wonka.

The soundtrack is provocative. This film crosses the line,  holding a relationship between life and death; space and time. Moments of surrealism and logical deduction pull this film onward. There are elements that address the blending of culture and intelligence; via history, politics and the game of chess. One book is exchanged between the dead and the living.

chess

We just happened to have this on our bookshelf !

My Best Games of Chess 1908 – 1937, Alexander Alekhine

A Matter between Life and Death answers the question,  “…what sort of people are American Citizens.?”

“A bunch of men getting their wings for dying in WWII.”

Pretty remarkable! The beautiful pink rose that blooms throughout this story is love. How the simple tear of a loving woman moves heaven when placed on his rose. The master of L’AMOUR an irresistible French cupid named Conductor 71.

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Marius Goring as Conductor 71

The film on youtube

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