A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
General Clive Candy lives through four decades of war and peace - from the Boer War to World War II - trying to stay true to his belief that "right will always defeat might" and trying to stay relevant while the world changes irrevocably around him.
My opportunities for watching films are often quite limited, and often coincide with looking after my daughter and I have hundreds of films here to watch. So I tend to go for fairly short films and fit a few into my film watching days. Which means films like this, which I was always sure I would love, tend to sit unwatched for years at a time.
Which is a shame, as the long run time that makes me opt to instead watch two shorter films is probably this films hidden weapon. You experience the passage of time with the central character and you adjust as he adjusts, you learn to accept failings and look past them, you feel a wide…
Film #10 of Project 40
”War starts at midnight!”
Few films can catch the spirit of time as good as this 1943 visually riveting and thematically intricate piece of cinema. Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger portray the passing of time and the changes it brings to the moral values of society and individuals so finely and with such skill that the whole film looks like a reflection of life at its simplest form, with lost loves, regrets, friendships, adventures and misfortunes. The film looks back at Clive Candy’s life and shows his journey through time, how he has lived his life and most importantly how he has failed to catch up with the passing of time. The Life and Death…
Since I joined Letterboxd, I've only had reason to hit the 5 star button for a viewing of a film during my lifetime here on six occasions, and three of those were for films I'd seen before. Out of all them, I probably hit it for The Life And Death Of Colonel Blimp twice as quick as for any of the rest of them. What a wonderful, wonderful film.
I did a little bit of reading up about it beforehand as I really did not know anything about it all and I have to say that I was a little bit daunted by it before I started. Not because of its…
A film made right in the middle of the Second World War with a friendly, sympathetic German and the symbolic positioning of an out of touch Colonel representing the beginning of the end of an Empire. No wonder the forces that be were none too pleased with Powell and Pressburger.
On face value it may be easier to dismiss this ridiculous looking figure at the start, a blustering old man with his round cartoonish features, whose values seen out of touch. “War starts at midnight!” he bellows at the impetuous young sergeant. Then we are forced to take a step back, asked to see this man through the years, look beyond the crimson face, ridiculous moustache and stiff upper lip.…
Not yet the eye-piercing target of subsequent films, the Archers’ freshly-minted emblem is here the enchanted stamp on a vast, elaborate tapestry. Britannia during the Blitz is a rubicund, slumbering walrus (Roger Livesey), outraged by the new generation’s ungallant aggressiveness; his bushy mustache hides a scar, he was also a reckless blade once, four decades and three wars flash before his eyes. In the Edwardian Belle Époque the fussy old general is a Boer War officer, young and impudent enough to turn a diplomatic affair into an affront to the German Army. The symphonic first movement climaxes with the camera craning away from a duel just as swords are crossed, then finding the protagonist and his Prussian opponent (Anton Walbrook)…
Director: Michael Powell (and Emeric Pressburger) (First Film)
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp may be the most British film I have seen and as a film about being British, is probably the best of its kind. A combative and often intensely funny duo; together, collectively known as The Archers - Powell and Pressburger (although it has often been said that Powell did most of the directing) create a seamless, timeless and quite frankly masterful film that is hearty and poignant but also incredibly funny and always entertaining.
The seamlessness comes from the structure of the film. We're introduced to our main character Major-General Clive Candy as an almost seemingly pathetic figure. An older gentleman who somewhat…
Do you believe life is a magic and fantasy? If you do, don't miss michael powell and emeric pressburger movies. They will make you believe that there is a beautiful and wonderful life is ahead of you and you are always a part of it.
Scavenger Hunt 17 | Film #18, Task #15
15. The lead actor/actress plays more than one character!
It's a love triangle for the ages. Filled with more propaganda than Casablanca, this movie follows Colonel Blimp through his lifetime in various wars as he fights to stay relevant not only in his job but in his life.
The characters often pontificate on the different oddities and contradictions war brings, some of which can get a little preachy while others are definitely some truth bombs.
Meanwhile Colonel Blimp befriends a German named Theo and before long Theo falls for Edith and GOD my HEART. That triangle, after an hour into the movie, takes off and it has a knife ready to stab…
Prior to The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp Powell and Pressburger had already made a handful of excellent films together but from the opening shots of Colonel Blimp, an exciting motorcycle ride through English country roads in stunning three-strip Technicolor, it is instantly apparent that the duo have upped their game and delivered something special. Two and a half hours in the life and times of General Wynne-Candy fly by thanks to impeccable direction, a sublime script and stellar performances from the three main actors, Livesey, Walbrook and Kerr. The preparation to the duel between Livesey and Walbrook is justly revered but my favourite scene is when an older Walbrook tells the immigration office the truth about why he wants to return to England. One of cinema's greatest monologues. You'd have to have a heart of stone not to be moved.
Why I watched this one? Recently I wrote a page on Deborah Kerr....many of the comments on that page said this was one of the movies I had to watch....so I finally did.
What is this one about? From the Boer War through World War II, a soldier rises through the ranks in the British military.
My thoughts on this one? Kudos to the camera movement in this movie. There are many tracking shots that are very impressive....especially for a movie made in 1943. The makeup jobs are also nicely done. Some technically speaking I enjoyed this movie. The story however drags at times....especially the first part of the movie that takes place in 1902. Movie gains momentum and by…
I didn't get it, at all, at first but then I realized The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp is about the tails of one man's adventures. His actual influence on people's lives which then becomes what his life is meant for.
I was only familiar with the Archers "The Red Shoes" before seeing "Blimp". This is a highly entertaining film about friendship, manners, and old age. Looking forward to diving into more of the Archers catalog.
What's really clever about this film is that it not only provides a sleek, entertaining and comprehensive retelling of a fictional man's entire life, but how it managed to establish a personal connection for me, to a man so far removed from my own reality. It ingeniously achieves this simply because of the fact that it does span a good portion of a life, and no matter how different we all are, we all experience the same kinds of things in one way or another eventually: heartbreak, victory, loss and friendship etc. These affectations just come naturally as a part of existing and it's easy to forget that everyone else is a person just like you and suffer from similar…
Everything with Theo is stellar but I just don't find Candy to be charming or likable. I wonder how much of that is because I'm so young though. Kerr's multiple roles are neat.
Another one of Powell & Pressberger's charming works, this one simultaeous satire and celebration of Britishness. Like the central character you're in love with the flaws of the old duffer by the end.
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