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#169. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

  • Year: 1943
  • Country: Great Britain
  • Production: The Archers, 163m
  • Director: Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger
  • Producer: Powell & Pressburger
  • Screenplay: Powell & Pressburger
  • Photography: Georges Perinal
  • Music: Allan Gray
  • Cast: Roger Livesey, Deborah Kerr, Anton Walbrook, Ursula Jeans

Abridged Book Description

Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger made The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp at the height of World War II, when London was being bombed nightly by the Germans. A comedy of manners may not appear the best way to address current events, but the Powell/Pressburger team once again comes through, delicately revealing the horrible truth of modern warfare with grace and humor. It doesn't hurt that they tell their story through three romances, as Livesey woos the ever-luminous Deborah Kerr (in three different roles) over the years. It all adds up to one of the most ambitious and impressive achievements of not just Powell and Pressburger but in all of British cinema.