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.
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.
later, an escalating disagreement over a Powell-Pressburger
joint appearance at the National Film Theatre was settled
by a diplomatic lunch at L'Etoile
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.
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