The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
Directed by Michael Powell. UK. 1943. NR. 163 minutes. MGM. Digital.
Sun., August 31, 2014
A film that is considered to be one of British cinemas undisputed masterpieces, this is a warm and witty character study of the life of a seemingly stuffy professional British soldier (Roger Livesey) whose long career spans the Boer War through World War II. As the Cinebook Movie Guide has so aptly described him, he is transformed by time and experience from the dashing young firebrand of the 1890s to the anachronistic old codger of the World War II era. The great old warrior virtues of fair play and chivalry become quaint and inappropriate when faced with the modern horrors of war. With a wonderful British cast that includes a young Deborah Kerr (who has the interesting challenge of playing three different women from three separate times in the mans life), “Colonel Blimp” is one of the finest films from the distinguished writing/directing team of Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger. (Bill Roth) Read a good, short article about the film, written at the time of its restoration on Fandor.com.