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The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

Director: Michael PowellEmeric Pressburger
United Kingdom | English
1943 | 163min.
Format: DCP
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. —Mohammad Khawaja

Director,  Michael Powell, 

Director,  Michael Powell

The Englishman Michael Powell and the Hungarian Emeric Pressburger forged a working alliance that created numerous odes to the power of art and imagination including the anti-Nazi propaganda of 49th Parallel (1941), the astoundingly designed and edited epic The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943) and the magical excesses of Stairway to Heaven (1946), I Know Where I’m Going! (1945), Black Narcissus (1947) and The Tales of Hoffmann (1951).

Emeric Pressburger

Emeric Pressburger

Cast and Crew

Director
Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Cast
Roger Livesey, Anton Walbrook, Deborah Kerr, James McKechnie
Production Company
The Archers, Independent Producers, Rank Film Distribution
Music
Allan Gray
Producer
Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Screenwriter
Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Editor
John Seabourne Jr.
Cinematographer
Georges Périnal
Sound
C.C. Stevens, Desmond Dew
Production Designer
Alfred Junge
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