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Life And Death Of Colonel Blimp / Colonel Blimp

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  Life And Death Of Colonel Blimp  / Colonel Blimp Review
Tookey's Rating
8 /10
Average Rating
9.25 /10
Roger Livesey , Deborah Kerr , Anton Walbrook
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Directed by: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Written by: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger

Released: 1943
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: GB
Colour: C
Length: 163


A rigid British soldier (played with enormous sympathy by Roger Livesey) fights for King, Country and Deborah Kerr across four decades - only to find his sense of honour and fair play being overtaken by history.

Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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A film which Winston Churchill hated (and banned from export) but which, thanks to the skill of its writer-directors, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger and its sheer good humour, has become a comic classic. The story rambles a bit, but there are solid performances all round, not least by Kerr in a multiplicity of roles, and Anton Walbrook as Blimp’s German friend (an unexpected character to find in a wartime film). There are many funny moments, though not every critic has cared for the final descent into farce, and some feel the character in the film is a “whitewash” on cartoonist David Low’s more offensive original. The unforeseen irony is that decades after this film , which even then had the air of an affectionate funeral oration, the Blimps of this world still go from strength to strength.

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