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The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp 1943


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The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp 1943 U

163 mins United Kingdom Director. Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger

Powell and Pressburger’s wondrous war-time classic follows the rise and fall of a career soldier, from dashing and brave young officer in the Boer War to a pompous and old-fashioned Colonel by the time of World War Two. While the film’s central idea concerns the changing nature of warfare and the end of ‘gentlemen’s rules’ in the face of Nazi barbarity, the course of the film is side-tracked by various eccentric asides and elusive diversions, in a manner typical of the directors.

The themes of love and friendship are examined, as is the notion of an evolving 20th-century Europe, in which the rise of ideology seems set to supplant the social glue of nationalism. Despite the complexity of these ideas, Powell and Pressburger manage to retain a lightness of touch that makes the film highly enjoyable and spritely, despite its length, contributing to its reputation as one of the best of all British films.

Directed by

Michael Powell

Emeric Pressburger


Roger Livesey

Anton Walbrook

Deborah Kerr


Classics War


Martin Scorsese Controversial Classics Powell and Pressburger SIGHT & SOUND POLL Classic Collaborations British Classics






United Kingdom



Production company

Archers Film Productions

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