Fifth about The Seventh

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp: Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s account of the life of one man is quite a journey through time; the character is endearing and engaging, and his story, always interesting. This film is so many things (doing them quite well): the story of a friendship and of a romance, a cautionary tale, a war film, a satire. At the center of it all is a great performance by Roger Livesey (enhanced by a very well-done aging make-up), who imbues his character with great sympathy, simplicity and warmth while making his aristocratic upbringing and stiff upper lip still evident. Close in his heels are Anton Walbrook (even thought his make-up is not as effective) and Deborah Kerr (managing 3 different roles with subtle variations and looking great in all of them). Editor John Seabourne Sr. gives the film a fine pace, making this a long film that feels much shorter. The beautiful costume and production design are masterfully captured by the cinematography of Georges Périnal, that brings up the vivid colors of it all.

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