The Life And Death Of Colonel Blimp (1943)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  

United Kingdom, 1943.  Independent Producers, The Archers.  Screenplay by Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger.  Cinematography by .  Produced by Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger.  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .

During an army protocol practice run, a near-retired Colonel is appalled at the behaviour of World War II soldiers and ruminates on the days of his youth when, he believes, things were different. The epic story covers his entire life and career, and the love of three women (all played magnificently by ) that made it all worthwhile for him. The colour cinematography is stunning, while the period detail enriches the terrific story.  shines in a supporting role, while  is fantastic in the titular lead. A stunning achievement in every respect.

The Criterion Collection:  #173

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