The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger
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The passions and pitfalls of a lifetime in the military are dramatized in Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s magnificent epic,The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp. The film follows the exploits of pristine British soldier Clive Candy (Roger Livesey) as he battles to maintain his honor and proud gentlemanly conduct through romance, three wars, and a changing world. Vibrant and controversial, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp is at once a romantic portrait of a career soldier and a pointed investigation into the nature of aging, friendship, and obsolescence.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 22
- Fresh: 21
- Rotten: 1
- Average Rating: 9.1/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: 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.
Fresh: 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.
Fresh: This glorious film is about the greatest mystery of all: how old people were once young, and how young people are in the process of becoming old.
Fresh: Staggering and heartbreaking. Still.
Splendid acting and riveting story of honor , decency and abiding friendship. One of the great movies of the WWII era.