The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (2013) United Kingdom
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Director:Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Studio:Criterion Collection
Writer:Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Date Added:2013-08-06
ASIN:B00AQ6J5CC
UPC:0715515103619
Price:$39.95
Release:2013-03-19
Duration:163
Picture Format:Academy Ratio
Aspect Ratio:1.37:1
Sound:PCM 1.0
Languages:English
Subtitles:English
Selkämys:harmaa
Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger  ...  (Director)
Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger  ...  (Writer)
 
Roger Livesey  ...  
Anton Walbrook  ...  
Deborah Kerr  ...  
Summary: Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's first Technicolor masterpiece, "The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp" (1943), transcends its narrow wartime propaganda to portray in warm-hearted detail the life and loves of one extraordinary man. The film's clever narrative structure first presents us with the imposingly rotund General Clive Wynne-Candy (Roger Livesey in his greatest screen performance), a blustering old duffer who seems the epitome of stuffy, outmoded values. But traveling backwards 40 years we see a different man altogether: the young and dashing officer "Sugar" Candy. Through a series of affecting relationships with three women (all played to perfection by Deborah Kerr) and his touching lifelong friendship with a German officer (Anton Wallbrook), we see Candy's life unfold and come to understand how difficult it is for him to adapt his sense of military honor to modern notions of "total war." Notoriously, this is the film that Winston Churchill tried to have banned, and indeed its sympathetic portrayal of a German officer was contentious in 1943, though one suspects that Churchill's own blimpishness was a factor too. "--Mark Walker"