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 Time Out's The 100 Best British Films
This movie ranks #20 in IMDb's 1940s Top 50
This movie ranks #45 in BFI's Top 100 British Films
This movie ranks #48 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 #200 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