Archive of films The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp / The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

United Kingdom
1943, 164 min

Section: Tribute to Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger
Year: 2010

Inspired by a satiric comic strip, this renowned British film, which angered Prime Minister Winston Churchill, uses extensive flashbacks to present the army career and personal life of a genial soldier who elevated professional and personal honor and true friendship above all.


Synopsis

The age-old generational conflict between the obstinance of youth, sorely lacking in tolerance, and the experience of old men is central to the second film shot by The Archers, Powell and Pressburger’s production company. As the basis for their own genial General Candy (Roger Livesey), the creative duo turned to left-leaning David Low’s comic strip creation Colonel Blimp, which the caricaturist used to savage the domestic policy and military establishment of the era. One of the most renowned British films of the 20th century, Colonel Blimp uses extensive flashbacks of the private life and four-decade army career of a soldier who elevated professional and personal honor and true friendship above all. And thanks to Candy’s gentlemanly manner of waging war, which seemed highly anachronistic in 1943, and to his unwavering lifelong friendship with a German officer (Anton Walbrook), "Blimp” and his conventions provoked Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s anger against the obstreperous filmmakers and even a boycott of the film.

Contacts

Park Circus Limited
15 Woodside Crescent, G37UL, Glasgow
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 141 332 2175
Fax: +44 141 332 2133
E-mail: info@parkcircus.com
www: www.parkcircus.com

About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Tribute to Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger
   
Director: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Screenplay: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Dir. of Photography: Georges Perinal
Music: Allan Gray
Editor: John Seabourne
Producer: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Production: The Archers
Cast: Roger Livesey, Anton Walbrook, Deborah Kerr, John Laurie
Contact: Park Circus Limited
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