The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

Dirs. Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. 1943, 163 mins. New restoration on DCP. With Deborah Kerr, Roger Livesey, Anton Walbrook. Martin Scorsese and Thelma Schoonmaker supervised the astonishing new restoration of the movie that Dave Kehr has called “very possibly the finest film ever made in Britain.” An intricate, deeply ambiguous saga that both satirizes and celebrates military life, it uses a flashback structure to cover forty years in the existence of a British colonel, from the second Boer War to World War II. As Kehr writes, “Powell’s camera renders the winding plot through boldly deployed Technicolor hues and camera movements of exquisite design and expressivity.”

Restoration credits

Restored by the Academy Film Archive in association with the BFI, ITV Studios Global Entertainment Ltd., and The Film Foundation. Restoration funding provided by The Material World Charitable Foundation, the Louis B. Mayer Foundation, Cinema per Roma Foundation, and The Film Foundation.

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