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Wr, Dir, Prod:Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger/ Phot: Jack Cardiff/ Art Dir: Alfred Junge/ Music: Allan Gray/ Cast: Roger Livesey, Deborah Kerr/ UK/ 1943

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The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp


Old-fashioned epic recounts the story of a British soldier's eventful life. Fans of novelistic cinema who prefer a light and sentimental touch enjoy this colorful, humanistic, entertaining film.

In the 1970s, the start of a tribute-screening of  Pressburger and Powells' newly restored LIFE AND DEATH OF COLONEL BLIMP - which includes a famous dinner-party scene set in 1918, in which the Blimpish Clive Candy hopes to persuade his German friend of Britain's goodwill towards the recent enemy - was delayed so that the dinner guests could finish their desserts at leisure.

Years later, an escalating disagreement over a Powell-Pressburger joint appearance at the National Film Theatre was settled by a diplomatic lunch at L'Etoile on Charlotte Street. Indeed, lunch with either of these gallant gourmets was often surprising: Powell sharing his delight in finally perfecting a cauliflower soup, or cracking open a jambon en croute to reveal a welcome message spelled out in cloves; and Pressburger's reckless disregard for calorie-counting in preparing central European specialities, including a memorable potato cooked whole in a pound of butter.

Ian Christie

"Churchill's famous opposition to THE LIFE AND DEATH OF COLONEL BLIMP has probably done most to crystallise the image of Powell and Pressburger's wartime epic as a subversive thrust at the military establishment."
Richard Combs, Monthly Film Bulletin

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