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The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

By: Kennedy

Part of the BFI Film Classics series
1838719105 / 9781838719104
Paperback / softback
Stock expected by 09/06/2020
United Kingdom
135 x 190 mm 88 pages, 24 b/w illustrations
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Winston Churchill hated The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, and tried to have it banned when it was released in 1943.

But Martin Scorsese, a champion of directors Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, considers it a masterpiece.

It's a film about desires repressed in favour of worthless and unsatisfying ideals. And it's a film about how England dreamt of itself as a nation and how this dream disguised inadequacy and brutality in the clothes of honour.

A. L. Kennedy, writing as a Scot, is fascinated by the nationalism which The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp explores.

She finds human worth in the film and the pathos of stifled emotions and unfulfilled lives. 'If he is unaware of his passions, ' she writes of Clive Candy, the film's central figure, 'this is because his pains have become habitual, a part of personality, and because he was never taught a language that could speak of emotions like pain.'. This edition includes a foreword by the author exploring the film's continuing relevance in an age of Brexit, when English and British national identity are deeply contested concepts.


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