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Powell + Pressburger

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

Sunday 5th November 2023 at 3pm

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Powell + Pressburger » The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
Sunday 5th November 2023
Certificate U
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The restored version of Powell & Pressburger’s epic masterpiece.

A moving film about war, love and ageing – possibly their most acclaimed movie, this ‘epic’, ‘masterpiece’ follows the rise and fall of a soldier, from dashing and brave young officer in the Boer War to a pompous and old-fashioned Colonel by the time of World War Two.

The film had a short introduction by local actor Alex MacLaren and was screening as part of the Powell + Pressburger film season taking place from October to December across venues in Folkestone. Find out more at PPFolkestone.co.uk.

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

Powell and Pressburger’s epic chronicle of a British soldier’s career across several decades, and wars.

  • Directed by

    Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger

  • Starring

    Roger Livesey, Deborah Kerr, Anton Walbrook

  • Genre

    Comedy, Drama, Romance

  • Details

    UK • 1943 • 163 mins

  • Certificate


During World War II, the pompous Home Guard commander Major-General Clive Wynne-Candy (formerly retired) reflects on his life and career over several decades and multiple wars, starting as a dashing young officer in 1902. As the world changes around him, he maintains a lifelong friendship with a German officer, and falls in love more than once – but will Candy ever change?

Powell and Pressburger’s acclaimed epic reflects on the changing values of Britain through the 20th Century through the lens of its military, and what it is to be English. Cut down to 150 minutes – and then 90 minutes – after release, the film was restored to its original length in the 1980s, and had a full restoration in association with the BFI in 2012.

Cinema Unbound: The Creative Worlds of Powell + Pressburger

Taking place from October – December 2023, Cinema Unbound: The Creative Worlds of Powell + Pressburger is a UK-wide film celebration of one of the greatest and most enduring filmmaking partnerships in the history of cinema: Michael Powell (1905 to 1990) and Emeric Pressburger (1902 to 1988), best known for iconic films including The Red Shoes (1948), A Matter of Life and Death (1946) and Black Narcissus

Powell + Pressburger is showing at the Silver Screen Cinema with support of the BFI, awarding funds from The National Lottery.