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
Anton Walbrook is unquestionably one of the greatest actors of all time. He is just sublime in this film.
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. •••
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This movie ranks #14 in 100 Best British films
This movie ranks #19 in IMDb's 1940s Top 50
This movie ranks #43 in IMDb's War Top 50
This movie ranks #45 in BFI 100
This movie ranks #50 in IMDb's Romance Top 50
This movie ranks #80 in Empire 500
This movie ranks #110 in Sight and Sound 2012 - Combined List
This movie ranks #159 in The British Film Institute: 360 Classics
This movie ranks #160 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #171 in Roger Ebert: the great movies
This movie ranks #176 in The Criterion Collection
This movie ranks #186 in They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?
This movie ranks #277 in Have You Seen? A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films
This movie ranks #406 in 501 Must See Movies
This movie ranks #425 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
This movie ranks #472 in NY Times' The Essential 1,000 Films to See
This movie ranks #538 in TimeOut's 1000 Films to Change Your Life