"My favorite film of all time is 'A Matter of Life and Death,' directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, starring David Niven. In the U.S. it was called 'Stairway to Heaven.'
"For me, it is beautifully shot. It is fantastically acted. It has a quality of strangeness that I always love in the best works of art. It is about two forms of reality, the real world that David Niven inhabits and this fantastical world of Heaven with angels and all that stuff. And you never get asked to choose which one is the real one or not.
"I think that -- as with all of Powell and Pressburger's films -- it is incredibly progressive for its time and also very challenging, but in the form of being very accessible entertainment. And I love that."