The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

Director: Emeric Pressburger, Michael Powell Cast: Roger Livesey, Deborah Kerr
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The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is either the best British film ever made, or the best film ever made about Britain. It is about friendship, fair play, loyalty to one's country, and love. The title is from a 1930's political cartoon that attacked those in the British government appeasing the Germans, but the story is all about an old soldier realizing that times have changed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
To pick the single best of Michael Powell's films is nearly impossible. Of all the films that might make that claim, A Matter of Life and Death, the Red Shoes, Tales of Hoffman, etc., my selection would have to be the Life and Death of Colonel Blimp. Roger Livesy, Anton Walbrok, and Deborah Kerr all did brilliant work elsewhere, but in Blimp they are perfection. The film is alternately funny, enlightening, and deeply moving. The scene where Theo sees the face of Clive's driver, and Walbrok's quiet, underplayed look of understanding of his friend, an understanding that Clive will never have of himself, is one of the single greatest moments in film, and always brings tears to my eyes. A simply wondrous film, and the Criterion Collection edition does it justice, with extras galore, including a fantastic commentary track with Martin Scorcese and Powell himself.
KubrickerJM More than 1 year ago
Ferociously good.
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KatzCJ More than 1 year ago
This is an interesting DVD with very good performances. Also the technicolor is absolutely gorgeous. If you don't know much about British goings-on during WWII, you might be a bit lost at first, but hang in there. The movie gets better and better as you go along and everything is resolved by the end. The time frame is from 1902 to the second world war - this film was actually made during that war. Blimp has quite a lot of action in it and deals with three distinct time periods - the Boer War, WWI, and WWII - and the hero's adventures during these times - including his love life. It was made by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger - two great filmmakers. All in all, I would give this movie an A-.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago