The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)




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Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's much-lauded epic Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, which satirizes British traditionalism, stirred up impassioned hostilities and indignations among the Brits when released in 1943. It so infuriated Winston Churchill, in fact, that he refused to allow its exportation to other countries, particularly the U.S. When Blimp finally did premiere in the States in 1945, it screened in a drastically cut version. The sweeping story covers several decades. It begins … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
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On DVD: Oct 22, 2002


as Clive Candy

as Barbara Wynne, Edith...

as Theo Kretschmar-Schu...

as Col. Betteridge

as Von Ritter

as Period Blimp

as Spud Wilson

as Frau von Kalteneck

as Murdoch

as Embassy Counsellor

as Col. Borg

as Van Reumann

as Col. Goodhead

as Babyface Fitzroy

as Mrs. Wynne

as Maj. Davis

as Van Zijl

as President of Tribuna...

as von Schonbron

as Lady Margaret

as Bishop

as Stuffy Graves

as Club Porter 1942

as Cafe Orchestra Leade...

as Club Porter 1902

as Kaunitz

as Indignant Citizen

as Embassy Secretary

as Nurse Erna

as Mr. Wynne

as BBC Official

as Secretary

as Sergeant clearing de...

as Prussian Student

as Soldier
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Critic Reviews for The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (7)

Maybe the most wonderfully British movie ever made.

Full Review… | November 15, 2011
Time Out
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A 1943 Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger collaboration so unambiguously satirizing the military mind-set that Prime Minister Winston Churchill tried to have it banned.

Full Review… | November 15, 2011
Village Voice
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The movie looks past the fat, bald military man with the walrus moustache, and sees inside, to an idealist and a romantic. To know him is to love him.

Full Review… | November 19, 2002
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Maybe the most essentially, urgently British of the 21 films Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger made together.

Full Review… | June 20, 2015
Antagony & Ecstasy

The rarest of cinematic treasures: a historical epic that is also intensely personal and emotionally earnest.

Full Review… | May 22, 2013
Movie Metropolis

Audience Reviews for The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

The magic of the Powell & Pressburger directing and producing team has never been more prevalent or as affecting as it was than with their World War II character study epic The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp. Heralded as one of, if not THE greatest British film ever made, its power lies soley in its performances and its dialogue. People that see it as nothing more than a pro-war statement seem to miss the point completely. To me, it's about what Colonel Candy goes through at the end of the film: not understanding what to do, even if you think you know you do. That sums up the film's overall message to me. If it were a pro-war statement, then he'd know exactly what to do. That's a sort of simple-minded view, but it's one I picked up on early on. Roger Livesey, Anton Walbrook and Deborah Kerr are magic, and their performances still have the power to affect. A colossally-well made piece of cinema.

Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

This film is an interesting look at young people looking at old people...what you see is a paunchy old guy with a moustache, but as the old guy says, "You don't know anything about me," and of course the movie endeavors then to tell us all about the old guy. It was a little humbling to realize that we are the last generation alive who heard first hand accounts from the turn-of-the century crowd and when we die it goes with us. But this movie is a marvelous film archive of what it was like then.

Bathsheba Monk
Bathsheba Monk

Super Reviewer

How amazing is Anton Walbrook? He steals almost every scene he's in.

Jonathan Hutchings

Super Reviewer

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