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The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)

UK 163m, Colour
Directors: Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger; Cast: Roger Livesey, Deborah Kerr, Anton Walbrook

Colonel Blimp was a 1930s satirical cartoon character who would make buffoonish but clever social commentary while wrapped in a towel and sitting in a Turkish bath. The comic strip character provided inspiration for the main character in this film – Clive Candy, who relates, through an extended flashback, the story of his 40+ years as a British soldier. In historical context, the film’s subject was a reflection of the changed nature of warfare and the British response to it during the course of WWII. While the film may have been seen as providing an overly sympathetic portrayal of Candy’s German friend, it is undoubtedly pro-British, despite much initial criticism and it’s lampooning of 19th century British ideals (Klaus Ming April 2010).

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This entry was posted on 04/11/2010 by in 1001 List, 1940s, All and tagged , .
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