The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger • 1943 • United Kingdom

Considered by many to be the finest British film ever made, THE LIFE AND DEATH OF COLONEL BLIMP, by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, is a stirring masterpiece like no other. Roger Livesey dynamically embodies outmoded English militarism as the indelible General Clive Candy, who barely survives four decades of tumultuous British history, 1902 to 1942, only to see the world change irrevocably before his eyes. Anton Walbrook and Deborah Kerr provide unforgettable support, he as a German enemy turned lifelong friend of Candy's and she as young women of three consecutive generations, a socially committed governess, a sweet-souled war nurse, and a modern-thinking army driver, who inspire him. Colonel Blimp is both moving and slyly satirical, an incomparable film about war, love, aging, and obsolescence, shot in gorgeous Technicolor.

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

    Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger • 1943 • United Kingdom

    Considered by many to be the finest British film ever made, THE LIFE AND DEATH OF COLONEL BLIMP, by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, is a stirring masterpiece like no other. Roger Livesey dynamically embodies outmo...

Extras

  • THE LIFE AND DEATH OF COLONEL BLIMP Commentary

    This audio commentary, recorded by the Criterion Collection in 1988, features director Michael Powell and filmmaker Martin Scorsese, a lifelong fan and champion of the films of Powell and Pressburger.

  • Martin Scorsese

    Filmmaker Martin Scorsese recorded the following introduction to THE LIFE AND DEATH OF COLONEL BLIMP in 2012. The piece was edited by Thelma Schoonmaker Powell.

  • Restoration Demonstration

    In 2012, the Film Foundation completed a major restoration of THE LIFE AND DEATH OF COLONEL BLIMP, which was supervised by the Academy Film Archive in Hollywood. Filmmaker Martin Scorsese hosts the following demonstration of the restoration process.

  • Optimism and Sheer Will

    Editor Thelma Schoonmaker Powell was interviewed for the following program in New York in 2012. She discusses THE LIFE AND DEATH OF COLONEL BLIMP and the career of her late husband, Michael Powell, and his partner, Emeric Pressburger.