The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
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Considered by many to be the finest British film ever made, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger (The Red Shoes), is a stirring masterpiece like no other. Roger Livesey dynamically embodies outmoded English militarism as the indelible General Clive Candy, who barely survives four decades of tumultuous British history (1902 to 1942) only to see the world change irrevocably before his eyes. Anton Walbrook (The Red Shoes) and Deborah Kerr (Black Narcissus) provide unforgettable support, he as a German enemy turned lifelong friend of Blimp’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. Colonel Blimp is both moving and slyly satirical, an incomparable film about war, love, aging, and obsolescence shot in gorgeous Technicolor.
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By The Great Filmmaker Martin Scorsese, Who Speaks So Fondly Of This Film & Especially "The Red Shoes"
Another Masterpiece By The Archers.
But "The Life And Death Of Colonel Blimp"(1943) Is Not Only "The Greatest British Film Ever Made"
As Many Have Said. But I For One Believe That This Brilliant Work Of Art Is Is Not Only The Greatest
British Film, But "The Greatest Film Ever Made" In Any Country In The Entire History Of Film.
I Have Seen Thousands Of Films From The Silent Era To The Modern Era, 2013 At The Time Of Writing.
I Have Amassed A Enormous Collection Of Films On DVD & Blu-Ray, Including "The Red Shoes"(1948)
And "Black Narcissus"(1947) Released By The Criterion Collection.
But Having Seen This Film On Blu-Ray, Restored By The Film Foundation With Consultation From
Martin Scorsese & Thelma Schoonmaker Powell.
And Watched It Four Times In A Row, I Can Honestly Say That "The Life And Death Of Colonel Blimp"
Is Undoubtedly The Finest Film I Have Ever Seen.
Writing A Review Of This Film Is Not Easy, Because It Is Unlike Any Other Film i Have Ever Seen
It Stands Completely On Its Own , All The Performances Are Perfect, Roger Livesey Give One Of The Great Performances Of British Cinema, Anton Walbrook Is Remarkable, And Anyone Who Has Seen Him In "The Red Shoes" As Well As This Film Will Agree, My Favorite Performance In The Film Is By The Lovely & Talented
Deborah Kerr, Just Twenty Years Old At The Time Of Filming, Miss Kerr Plays Three Different Women & She
Plays Them Wonderfully. The Mark Of A Great Actor Is The Ability To Transform Oneself Into Another Person, And Deborah Kerr Does Just That Absolutely Perfectly, Not Once, Not Twice, But Three Times!
Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger Are Responsible For Some Of The Most Beautiful Films Ever Made,
"A Matter Of Life And Death"(1946), "Black Narcissus"(1947), "The Red Shoes"(1948), Among Others
& Martin Scorsese Is Responsible For Reviving Interest In Their Work, And Indeed For Making Me Aware Of
Their Films, For That I Am Eternally Grateful.
In Conclusion To My Long Winded Review, I Would Just Like To Reaffirm My Statement:
"The Life And Death Of Colonel Blimp" Is The Greatest Film i Have Ever Seen"
Clive, Let This Whole House Be Our Den Where We Can Always Crawl, Whether We Return With Rich Spoils
Or Badly Mauled From Our Rovings, Or just To Change Our Spots.
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(1943, UK, 157 min, colour, English subtitles, Aspect ratio: 4:3, Audio: Mono)
EXTRA: Documentary incl.Read more