The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp U

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The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

Colonel Blimp was a cartoon character made famous by David Low in the pages of the Evening Standard. Pompous and petulant, with a huge walrus moustache, he preached about the affairs of the world from the comfort of his Turkish bath: a man out of touch. But, as he himself asks: “How do you know what sort of a fellow I was when I was as young as you 40 years ago?”

Post Screening discussion with Jimmy Lenman

“You'll stay just as you are till the floods come.” Powell and Pressburger’s 1943 film addresses themes of aging, identity and time. The person we become is not the person we were. And the person we love, well, who is she or he? We try to recover what we lost so long ago but it is gone beyond all recovery as are our vanished younger selves. The very ideals that once defined us become out of date and absurd.


Emeric Pressburger, Michael Powell
160 mins
Anton Walbrook, Deborah Kerr, Roger Livesey


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