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The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger

 
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • United Kingdom
  • 1943
  • 163 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.37:1
  • English
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  • Spine #173

Considered by many to be the finest British film ever made, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, is a stirring masterpiece like no other. Roger Livesey dynamically embodies outmoded English militarism as the indelible General Clive Candy, who barely survives four decades of tumultuous British history, 1902 to 1942, only to see the world change irrevocably before his eyes. Anton Walbrook and Deborah Kerr provide unforgettable support, he as a German enemy turned lifelong friend of Candy’s and she as young women of three consecutive generations—a socially committed governess, a sweet-souled war nurse, and a modern-thinking army driver—who inspire him. Colonel Blimp is both moving and slyly satirical, an incomparable film about war, love, aging, and obsolescence, shot in gorgeous Technicolor.

Cast

Theo Kretschmar-SchuldorffAnton Walbrook
Edith Hunter, Barbara Wynne, “Johnny” CannonDeborah Kerr
Clive CandyRoger Livesey
Colonel BetteridgeRoland Culver
Major DaviesHarry Welchman
Embassy counselorArthur Wontner
Von RitterAlbert Lieven
MurdochJohn Laurie
Spud WilsonJames McKechnie
Frau von KalteneckUrsula Jeans

Credits

DirectorMichael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
Written and produced byMichael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
Production designAlfred Junge
Director of photographyGeorges Périnal
EditorJohn Seabourne
Music composed and arranged byAllan Gray
ConductorCharles Williams
SoundC. C. Stevens and Desmond Dew
Costumes designed byJoseph Bato
Costumes executed byMatilda Etches
Military adviserLieutenant General Sir Douglas Brownrigg
Period advisersE. F. E. Schoen and Dr. C. Beard
CameramenGeoffrey Unsworth, Jack Cardiff and Harold Haysom
Process shotsW. Percy Day

Disc Features

SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New digital master from the Film Foundation’s 2012 4K restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • 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 a new essay by critic Molly Haskell

    New cover by Fred Davis

Film Essays

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The Life and Death and Life of Colonel Blimp

By Molly HaskellMarch 20, 2013

Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s adroit masterpiece is war film, dark comedy, . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

By Ronald HaverOctober 21, 2002

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp is one of the great works of art in the history of film, . . . Read more »

Photo Galleries


Film Essays

Colonel_blimp_essay_feature_thumbnail

The Life and Death and Life of Colonel Blimp

By Molly HaskellMarch 20, 2013

Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s adroit masterpiece is war film, dark comedy, . . . Read more »


Video


Photo Galleries


Film Essays

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

By Ronald HaverOctober 21, 2002

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp is one of the great works of art in the history of film, . . . Read more »