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The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

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7.4
1,669
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Original title
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimpaka
AKA
  • The Adventures of Colonel Blimp
Year
Running time
164 min.
Country
United Kingdom United Kingdom
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Genre
Drama. Comedy. War | Army. Friendship. 1900s. I World War. II World War
Synopsis
Portrays in warm-hearted detail the life and loves of one extraordinary man. We meet the imposingly rotund General Clive Wynne-Candy, a blustering old duffer who seems the epitome of stuffy, outmoded values. Traveling backwards 40 years we see a different man altogether: the young and dashing officer "Sugar" Candy. Through a series of relationships with three women and his lifelong friendship with a German officer, we see Candy's life unfold and come to understand how difficult it is for him to adapt his sense of military honor to modern notions of "total war."
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Awards
1945: New York Film Critics Circle: Nom. for Best Film & Best Actress (Deborah Kerr)
1945: National Board of Review (NBR): nominated to Top Films (In alphabetical order).
Critics' reviews
  • "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."
  • "Few other British films from that period seem to mythologize the pre-war period of Churchill's youth and early career quite as potently as Colonel Blimp."
  • "Of all the things to be nostalgic about, warfare would seem the least likely candidate, but that's the unusual perspective of this one-of-a-kind 1943 landmark - maybe the most wonderfully British movie ever made."
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The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
1943
Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
7.4
(1,669)
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