The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)


“Do you remember, Clive, we used to say: “Our army is fighting for our homes, our women, and our children”? Now the women are fighting beside the men. The children are trained to shoot. What’s left is the “home.” But what is the “home” without women and children?” – Theo Kretschmar-Schuldorff

Number of Times Seen – 1 (16 Jun 2019)

Brief Synopsis – Biopic of a British Army general from his early days in the service during the Boar Wars through World War II.

My Take on it – This is a film that I heard about years ago but didn’t know anything about it and only now finally got the chance to see what it was all about.

The way that this biopic is played out allows us to get a very clear understanding of who the main character truly is deep down and how his life and career helped shape the way that he turned out.

The choice to show just snippets of his life is done in a very poignant way since we get to see the various events that help make him who he was and this helps us feel as if we know the character so well even through the numerous years and events not depicted.

This is a movie that is able to show how strong building blocks between friends can last decades even if sometimes they only see one another after years of being apart.

Love the way that this film tells its story like a jigsaw puzzle sine one only truly understands the significance of each piece of his life once you are able to look back and see it as a finished product.

This is the kind of movie that needs multiple viewings in order to fully appreciate and comprehend all that happens over the course of the story and I look forward to the opportunity to see it again in the future to try and understand it even better.

Bottom Line – Excellent biopic that really lets us get a clear understanding of who this character is and what shaped his life and career over the course of time.  The ability to see just snippets of his life is shown in a way that it helps us feel as if we know this character and all that he went through even during the years not shown.  The story does a great job showing the building blocks of a strong friendship that can remain sturdy over decades even when they don’t see each other very often.  Love the way that this film tells it’s story like a jigsaw puzzle because you only fully understand the significant of each piece of his life when looking at the full picture.  This is the kind of film that requires multiple viewing in order to fully appreciate the entire story and I can’t wait to have the opportunity to see it again.  Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – According to the directors, the idea for the film did not come from the comic strip by David Low, but from a scene cut from their previous film, One of Our Aircraft Is Missing (1942), in which an elderly member of the crew tells a younger one, “You don’t know what it’s like to be old.” (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)

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One thought on “The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)

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