The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)
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"It addresses something I've always been profoundly interested in – what it means to be English ... it is about bigger things than the war. It takes a longer view of history which was an extraordinarily brave thing for someone to do in 1943, at a time when history seemed to have disintegrated into its most helpless, impossible and unforgivable state."
—Stephen Fry, interviewed by the Daily Telegraph, 2003
Much to Churchill's annoyance, Powell & Pressburger question the gentleman's rules of warfare underneath the veil of a romantic epic. Wonderful, epic and subtly heartbreaking. •••
Anton Walbrook is unquestionably one of the greatest actors of all time. He is just sublime in this film.
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This movie ranks #14 in Time Out's The 100 Best British Films
This movie ranks #18 in IMDb's 1940s Top 50
This movie ranks #45 in BFI's Top 100 British Films
This movie ranks #46 in IMDb's War Top 50
This movie ranks #80 in Empire's The 500 Greatest Movies of All Time
This movie ranks #110 in Sight & Sound's The Greatest Films of All Time
This movie ranks #159 in BFI's 360 Classic Feature Films Project
This movie ranks #162 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #171 in Roger Ebert's Great Movies
This movie ranks #176 in The Criterion Collection
This movie ranks #186 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films
This movie ranks #281 in David Thomson's Have You Seen?
This movie ranks #406 in Emma Beare's 501 Must-See Movies
This movie ranks #425 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
This movie ranks #472 in The New York Times's Book of Movies
This movie ranks #538 in Time Out's 1000 Films to Change Your Life