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The Life & Death of Colonel Blimp
- Dashiell Barnes
Although the this film was too long & boring at times, it's still an impressive film. Jack Cardiff's cinematography is a good reason enough to watch this. Livesey & Kerr have terrirfic chemistry, while I think Walbrook is over- rated as Livesey's German friend. A good, but occasionally lifeless film made by Powell & Pressburger. I give it a 2.5/5.
- Jeff Boston
"The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp" is a well done British film. It has great performances by the three main actors (including fine actress and future star Kerr playing three distinct characters), three-dimensional characters (even Candy, a caricature - or more of one - in a lesser film), a great timeline involving three wars, three very good scenes (band, duel, and immigration office), and my review coming three generations after the end of World War Two, during which this film was produced, and produced just three years after the Battle of Britain. Due to that fact, I don't believe my review would have been as favorable in 1943 (or when it was released in our country two years later, after the war). I also don't believe our country had any movies with a sympathetic German - or especially Japanese - character in it three years after the Japanese attacked us (with Germany declaring war on us a day later) in 1941. I don't believe Hollywood produced any movies that included a sympathetic individual from Japan or Germany in it during the entire war. One country did the right thing at the time.
163 minutes feeling like 90.
- tragic figure
I liked how the end meets the beginning. Anyway, the film seems to be a lesson in morality, or a lack thereof that if CANDY had not employed in the beginning, he would have had the love of his life. Perhaps not since you see in her eyes how stunned she was upon the initial meeting of the wounded German officer.Ultimately a sad epic regarding the things mattering most to us inevitably slipping away.I enjoyed all 163 minutes but probably wouldn't watch again..excellent though.
Sentimental, but charming
- Charles Weinstein
Relatively early Technicolor movie of long career and long friendhips between two old military officers from England and Germany.The beautifull Deborah Kerr plays thre different women in one of her earliest movies....Fine acting and a touching, heart warming story.
LIFE AND DEATHOF COLONEL BLIMP
- JACK CASEY
UP IN CANADA, DURING THE YEARS OF B&W TV. WE RECIEVED MANY BRITISH MOVIES. MOST OF THE WARTIME MOVIES USED THE WAR AS A BACKDROP FOR THE MOVIES. EVEN THE LOVE STORIES WERECONCERNED WITH THE WAR. I BELIEVE SIR LAWRENCE OLIVIER WAS THE FIRST CHOICE FOR THE LEAD, BUT THE WAR DEPARTMENT DIDN'T WANT HIM IN A MOVIE THAT INCLUDED A "GOOD" GERMAN. ENGLAND WAS FIGHTING FOR ITS LIFE. THEY WERE ONLY 20 MILES FROM OCCUPIED FRANCE. WELL, MR LIVESEY, PLAYED A WONDERFUL COLONEL. BACK IN THE EARLY BETA DAYS, I BOUGHT A MASTER (THE 117 MINUTE VERSIO. . ). A TV ANNOUNCER ALSO SAID THAT THERE WAS A CREDIBLE 145 MINUTE VERSION. BUT THE COMPLETE VERSION WAS 163 MINUTES. I HAVE SEVERAL COPIES OF THAT. IT IS A STORY OF THE LOVE OF A MAN FOR A WOMAN THAT HE ONLY KNEW FOR SEVERAL WEEKS, THAT NEVER LEFT HIM ALL OF HIS LIFE. HE LATER MARRIED A WOMAN THAT RESEMBLED HER. AND LATER HIRED A DRIVER THAT ALSO RESEMBLED HER. DEBORAH KERR PLAYED ALL THREE PARTS. THIS ALONG WITH MAYTIME (NELSON AND JEANETTE), PENNY SERENADE (IRENE DUNN AND CARY GRANT). I REMEMBEER MAMA (IRENE DUNN), A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH (DAVID NIVEN AND KIM HUNTER), RANDOM HARVEST (RONALD COLEMAN AND GREER GARSON), THE QUIET MAN (JOHN WAYNE, MAURENE O'HARA) , THE PRISONER OF ZENDA (COLEMAN). AND A CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED HALF ANGEL WITH LORETTA YOUNG. (ITS LIKE A CHOCOLATE CUPCAKE, WITH AN INCH OF FROSTING, NOT MUCH THERE, BUT THE 72 MINUTES DOES IT FOR ME. THESE ARE MY GREAT ONES.
Churchill Was Right
- John Burleigh
What an odd jumble "Colonel Blimp" is --- partly, a mild antiwar satire, partly, a second-rate Grand Illusion, partly (owing to 1943) all of a sudden, an anti-Nazi tract. One can understand why Churchill hated this movie and did everything he could to suppress its distribution, at least outside the UK. In addition to making the British military seem like amiable pompous dullards in the middle of WWII, it also seems to equate Brits waking up to the threat of Germany with their willingness to stop fighting like gentlemen and start fighting like Nazis (or at least to start throwing an occasional spitball). This odd movie seems to be what you get when the British versions of Roger DeBris-like esthetes suddenly try to handle serious political themes. In wartime Noel Coward, Alexander Korda and Laurence Olivier did that sort of thing better. "That Hamilton Woman" was Churchill's favorite movie. "Blimp" has some marvelous scenes, though, and one can't understand the Michael Powell cult (Martin Scorcese, President) without seeing it. It is at least watchable, which is more than one can say for Red Shoes, Tales of Hoffmann (a dreadful balletic retelling that is stupendously awful) or Peeping Tom (a creepy swansong that cineastes love because it apparently equates movie-making with psychotic voyeuristic murder).
Brilliant movie on all counts
A complex and insightful movie. A nuanced and insightful portrait of the British ruling classes, told at multiple levels. On a basic level it's a feel-good movie about a lovable old coot, but on another it's an indictment of aristocratic pomposity and misplaced superiority. Beautiful cinematography, bright colors, and excellent performances also contribute to its appeal.
ENGLAND'S ANTI WAR SAGA
- JAKE SPIVINS
WHILE OLIVIER FILMED HIS HENRY V TO ENCOURAGE HIS COUNTRYMEN DURING WWII, POWELL AND PRESSBURGER (RED SHOES) MANAGED TO GET SUMPTUOUS COLOR STOCK FOR THEIR ANTI WAR SAGA INVOLVING THE LIFE OF ONE CLIVE CANDY (ROGER LIVESAY),A CAREER BRITISH OFFICER. THE FILM FOLLOWS CANDY FROM THE BOER WAR TO WORLD WARS I&2. AND ALL ALONG HE ENCOUNTERS THREE DEBORAH KERRS,ONE OF WHOM HE ACTUALLY MARRIES;THE OTHERS HE ONLY APPRECIATES FROM AFAR. THERE IS ALSO THE MARVELOUS ANTON WALBROOK, AS CANDY'S PRUSSIAN COUNTERPART. MAGNIFICENTLY DESIGNED COSTUMED,ACTED, SCORE,AND FILMED--IT IS NOT ENOUGH TO SAY IT IS BRITAIN'S GONE WITH THE WIND. BLIMP IS BRITAINS PRAYER FOR PEACE--EVEN IN THE DEPTHS OF WAR.
A must see, one for the ages.
This movie, made during WW2, in and around London, is extraordinary, beautiful, complex, and amusing. Introducing the very young Deborah Kerr in four different roles, and recapitulating the history of the relationship between England and Germany between the two World Wars, there are many scenes which must be viewed several times to get all the implications. Watch the beerhall scene in Germany, and the interaction with the band!
The British Citizen Kane
- Alan Zachary
Easily the greatest of all English films, with the possible excpetion of all the other movies directed and written by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. Featuring extraordinarily humane and touching performances by Roger Livesey and Anton Walbrook it is a film, like the best Shakespeare and Dickens, which reveals new layers of insight, humor and drama with each viewing. A treasure.