Movie Monday* 02.16.15 More Powell & Pressburger Magic

February 16, 2015 — Leave a comment

Deborah Kerr in Powell & Pressburger’s THE LIFE AND DEATH OF COLONEL BLIMP

THE LIFE AND DEATH OF COLONEL BLIMP (NR, 163 min., The Rank Organisation, United Artists, May 4, 1945 U.S.)

COLONEL BLIMP marked the occasion of Deborah Kerr’s first leading role in a film. In grand Powell & Pressburger fashion, the filmmakers had Kerr play three roles.

Michael Powel said THE LIFE AND DEATH OF COLONEL BLIMP is “a 100% British film but it’s photographed by a Frenchman, it’s written by a Hungarian, the musical score is by a German Jew, the director was English, the man who did the costumes was a Czech; in other words, it was the kind of film that I’ve always worked on with a mixed crew of every nationality, no frontiers of any kind.”

The movie was shot in the 1943 in the throes of World War II.

Directors: Michael Powell, Emetic Pressburger, Writers: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger, Producers: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger, Cinematographer: Georges Perinal, Composer: Allan Gray, Editor: John Seabourne Sr., Production Designer: Alfred Junge

CAST: Anton Walbrook, Roger Livesey, Deborah Kerr

Watched on DVD from The Criterion Collection.

*Every Monday I watch a classic or historically significant movie that falls into one of these categories: 1) Have never seen it, or 2) Have never seen it uncut, or 3) Have only seen it once, or 4) Haven’t seen it in a very long time.

Some information from: IMDb Pro, BoxOfficeMojo


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