The friendship between Clive and Theo is traced for 40 years. They meet again at a German prisoner's camp in England, after World War One; Theo ignores Clive and stalks away, but the next day calls to apologize, and is a guest at a dinner of British establishment types at which, gentlemen all, they assure him his homeland will be rebuilt: "Europe needs a healthy Germany!
In a long speech all done in one take, the explains why he has chosen England over his birthplace. Walbrook's acting here is sublime with its mastery of tone and mood, and this speech, more than any other, explains why Churchill was wrong to oppose the film.
The most poignant passages involve the general growing older. He looks like a caricature to younger officers--with his beefy face, pink complexion, mustache grown to hide the dueling scar and raspy voice. But in his heart he is still young, still in love, still idealistic.
At the end of the movie he looks at a water pool in the basement of his bombed-out house, and is reminded of a lake across which he once pledged love. And he insists to himself that it is the same lake, and he is the same man. Rarely does a film give us such a nuanced view of the whole span of a man's life.
Is is said that the child is father to the man. Roger Ebert was the film critic of the Chicago Sun-Times from until his death in In , he won the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished criticism. Roger Ebert October 27, Now streaming on:. Powered by JustWatch. He emerged from retirement at irregular intervals after the Second World War. Various accounts of his ancestry exist. Bateman certainly met him. Some predict he will re-emerge when Britannia needs him. His initial words were always a part of an emotional catchphrase.
For instance: "Gad, Sir! Mr Lansbury is right. The League of Nations should insist on peace — except of course in the case of war. Lord Bunk is right. The government is marching over the edge of an abyss, and the nation must march solidly behind them.
Blimp was a satire on the reactionary opinions of the British establishment of the s and s. The cartoon was intended to criticize attitudes of isolationism, impatience with the concerns of common people, and a lack of enthusiasm for democracy.
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Despite this sober undercurrent, "Colonel Blimp" is above all a comedy of manners, and Powell and his writing and producing partner Pressburger conduct it with style and humor. Blimp issues proclamations from the Turkish bathwrapped in his towel and brandishing some mundane weapon to emphasize his passion on some issue of current affairs. Sign out. But that's still a second-hand source. Theo Kretschmar-Schuldorff Jane Millican Thomas Palmer U. And he insists to himself that it is the same lake, and he is the same man. Walbrook's acting here is sublime Go Without Any Turn - Colonel Blimp - Cynosure (CD) its mastery of tone and mood, and this speech, more than any other, explains why Churchill was wrong to oppose the film.
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