Wednesday, November 12, 2008

7th Art: The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)

A great movie on the adventurous life of Major General Clive Candy, a fictitious British Army officer, directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger and starring Roger Livesey, Deborah Kerr and Anton Walbrook.

The movie title refers to British cartoon character Colonel Blimp. Colonel Blimp is not Major General Candy, despite some similarities. Major General Candy does not actually die in the movie. The title is a reference to the rise and fall of early 20th century chauvinistic values represented by Colonel Blimp.

The movie was made during World War II, and the directors got in trouble with Churchill, who thought it was not tough enough on the Germans.

Here's one of the many thought-provoking dialogues in the movie:

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