Columbia Pictures/Photofest
Ken Tucker
December 31, 2008 AT 05:00 AM EST

Age of Consent

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
runtime
98 minutes
performer
James Mason, Helen Mirren
director
Michael Powell
genre
Drama

We gave it an A-

Two hard-to-find films by the British director Michael Powell (The Red Shoes, Peeping Tom) demonstrate his vast range. A Matter of Life and Death (1946) stars David Niven as a dead WWII pilot who petitions heaven to be sent back to resume his romance with Kim Hunter. Age of Consent (1969), Powell’s final film, centers on James Mason as a disenchanted painter who finds a new muse in a tropical island model (a radiant Helen Mirren, in her first movie role). The EXTRAS include info-packed, essential commentaries by critics Ian Christie (for Matter) and Kent Jones (for Consent). A-

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