The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
The Life and Death of Colonel BlimpDirector: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
United Kingdom | English
Immensely charming, entertaining and stirring, this is a masterpiece like no other about war, love, aging and obsolescence. Roger Livesey portrays indelible General Clive Candy who barely survives four decades of tumultuous British history from 1902 to 1942 only to see the world he knew change irrevocably before his eyes.
It mourns the passing of a time when professional soldiers observed a code of honor. It argues to the young that the old were young once, too, and contain within them all that the young know, and more. It marks the General’s lonely romantic passage through life, in which he seeks the double of the first woman he loved. And it records a friendship between a British officer and a German officer, which spans the crucial years from 1902 to 1942.
Anton Walbrook and Deborah Kerr are unforgettable in supporting roles, he as a German enemy turned lifelong friend of Candy’s and she as young women of three consecutive generations—a socially committed governess, a sweet-souled war nurse, and a modern-thinking army driver—who inspire him. This film in its current original version is a perfect example of the stuff that dreams are made of and this breathtaking restoration, created with the aid of The Film Foundation and the Academy Film Archive, brings the film, shot in gorgeous Technicolor, fully to life.