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…
Certainly has some of the most imaginative and beautiful shots I've seen for a long time.
Nothing short of a masterpiece, surely years ahead of its time in 1943. The epic scale of the story has a modern resonance to it even now.
a truly wonderful way to spend three hours
Similar to the 49th Parallel, this is a Powell and Pressburger wartime propaganda film which doesn't go for the obvious surface level propaganda line. Instead, it takes a longer view, re-visiting the earlier life of an old army colonel and his duel in 1900s Berlin with a German soldier, his later friendship with him and a love triangle involving both of them. Similar to the 49th parallel, it makes the point that this isn't a war between Britain and Germany, it is a war between values and ideals. The colonel and the German are on the same side, against the evils of Nazism. Understandably, having a sympathetic German didn't go down too well at the time of release!
Nope, couldn't get into it. Too much of "hip hip, jolly old chap" , just put me in an irritable mood! Maybe some other time, I can forebear it enough to sit through the whole thing.
Didn't find this very interesting.
Simply the best
Dodgy makeup aside, there is a glorious Britishness to this, with some bravado flourishes and charming detail. Some of the camerawork feels decades ahead of its time.
This film is hilarious, warm and emotional but pretty much every review on Letterboxd speaks of the feeling of this thing, so instead I want to note how Powell & Pressburger (Emeric is such a cool name) integrate their characters within spaces, this is only very subtly formalist as a film but the focus exists: humans set as unimportant figures in the frame because of obstructions, often the camera surpasses these obstructions in order to focus on human connection.
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…
High-rated movies with very few views. Suggestions are welcome.