The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

Roger Livesey
Director: Emeric Pressburger, Michael Powell Cast: Roger Livesey
Roger Livesey
, Deborah Kerr
Deborah Kerr
Emeric Pressburger, Michael Powell,

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Overview

Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's much-lauded epic Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, which satirizes British traditionalism, stirred up impassioned hostilities and indignations among the Brits when released in 1943. It so infuriated Winston Churchill, in fact, that he refused to allow its exportation to other countries, particularly the U.S. When Blimp finally did premiere in the States in 1945, it screened in a drastically cut version. The sweeping story covers several decades. It begins at the tail end of the Boer War, when handsome young British officer Clive Candy, recently back from the battlefront, is infuriated by his discovery that Deutschland papers have played up the British atrocities in South Africa, propagandistically. He grows so irate, in fact, that he travels to Germany to address the problem. Once there, he meets an attractive British educator, Edith Hunter (Deborah Kerr) who spends her days teaching English as a second language to German students. They grow close, but Candy so aggravates the local indigenes that he winds up in a duel with a German officer, Theo Kretschmar-Schuldorff (Anton Walbrook). The men wound each other and are sent to the same hospital, where they become friends. Candy - who doesn't yet realize he's fallen in love with Edith -- senses that Theo and Edith are attracted to one another, and encourages the couple's marital union. Candy subsequently returns to England, then falls for and marries Barbara (again played by Kerr), a nurse who bears a strong resemblance to Edith. She later dies, but Candy meets a third woman during WWII, Johnny (Kerr a third time), assigned to drive him from one locale to another during his campaigns. Meanwhile, Theo - disgusted by Nazi atrocities -- absconds to England, where he reencounters his old friend, now a prattering old shuffler rapidly approaching the end of his career and raving continuously about Nazi conduct (or lack thereof) in battle. Powell and Pressberger adapted Colonel Blimp from a comic strip; it became one of the hallmarks of their careers. ~ Sidney Jenkins

Product Details

Release Date: 03/19/2013
UPC: 0715515103619
Original Release: 1943
Source: Criterion
Region Code: A
Time: 2:43:00
Sales rank: 12,984

Special Features

New digital master from the film foundation's 2012 4K restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack; Audio commentary featuring director Michael Powell and filmmaker Martin Scorsese; New video introduction by Scorsese; A profile of "The life and death of Colonel Blimp," a documentary from 2000; Restoration demonstration, hosted by Scorsese; Optimism and sheer will, a 2012 interview with editor Thelma Schoonmaker Powell, Michael Powell's widow; Gallery featuring rare behind-the-scenes production stills; Gallery tracing the history of David Low's original Colonel Blimp cartoons; Plus: a booklet featuring an essay by critic Molly Haskell

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Roger Livesey Clive Candy
Deborah Kerr Barbara Wynne,Edith Hunter,Johnny Cannon
Anton Walbrook Theo Kretschmar-Schuldorff
Roland Culver Col. Betteridge
Albert Lieven Von Ritter
Spencer Trevor Period Blimp
James McKechnie Spud Wilson
Ursula Jeans Frau von Kalteneck
John Laurie Murdoch
Phyllis Morris Pebble
Arthur Wontner Embassy Counsellor
Count Zichy Col. Borg
Carl Jaffe Van Reumann
Eric Maturin Col. Goodhead
Captain W. Barrett The Texan
Frith Branbury Babyface Fitzroy
Helen Debray Mrs. Wynne
Thomas Palmer Sergeant
Marjorie Gresley Matron
David Hutcheson Hoppy
Harry Welchman Maj. Davis
Reginald Tate Van Zijl
A.E. Matthews President of Tribunal
Valentine Dyall von Schonbron
Muriel Aked Lady Margaret
Felix Aylmer Bishop
Neville Mapp Stuffy Graves
Vincent Holman Club Porter, 1942
Dennis Arundell Cafe Orchestra Leader
James Knight Club Porter, 1902
David Ward Kaunitz
Jan van Loewen Indignant Citizen
Robert Harris Embassy Secretary
Jane Millican Nurse Erna
Diana Marshall Sybil
Yvonne Andre Nun
Norman Pierce Mr. Wynne
Edward Cooper BBC Official
Joan Swinstead Secretary
Wally Patch Sergeant clearing debris
Ferdinand "Ferdy" Mayne Prussian Student
John Varley Actor
Patrick MacNee Actor
John Boxer Soldier

Technical Credits
Emeric Pressburger Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Michael Powell Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Joseph Bato Costumes/Costume Designer
George Blackler Makeup
Lt.Gen. Sir Douglas Browning Consultant/advisor
Jack Cardiff Camera Operator
W. Percy Day Special Effects
Desmond Dew Sound/Sound Designer
Allan Gray Score Composer
Dorrie Hamilton Makeup
Alfred Junge Production Designer
Tom Payne Asst. Director
Tom Payne Asst. Director
Georges Périnal Cinematographer
John Seabourne Editor
C.C. Stevens Sound/Sound Designer
Sydney Streeter Production Manager
Geoffrey Unsworth Camera Operator

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