History Film / TheLifeAndDeathOfColonelBlimp

21st Sep '15 5:43:38 PM MarkLungo
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-->-- Major General Clive Wynne-Candy

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-->-- Major -->--'''Major General Clive Wynne-Candy
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Opening in 1943 in the midst of WorldWarTwo, a group of enterprising British soldiers decide to launch planned war games early, contemptuous of the Home Guard's order that "the war starts at midnight" (they reason that the Germans wouldn't work like that). They capture the Home Guard's commander, Major General Clive Wynne-Candy (Roger Livesey), while he's in the Turkish bath, and mock his protests and his fat belly. An enraged Candy segues into the story of his life. Flashing back 41 years to 1902, we see a young Clive Candy, newly returned from the [[SecondBoerWar Boer War]] and wearing his new Victoria Cross. A visit to Germany to refute anti-British propaganda leads to a meeting with Miss Edith Hunter (Creator/DeborahKerr) and a duel with Prussian officer Theodore Kretschmar-Schuldorff (Anton Walbrook). Over the next forty years, Clive and Theodore will meet several more times, including in WorldWarOne, and Clive will always be on the lookout for other women like his idol, Edith.

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Opening in 1943 in the midst of WorldWarTwo, a group of enterprising British soldiers decide to launch planned war games early, contemptuous of the Home Guard's order that "the war starts at midnight" (they reason that the Germans wouldn't work like that). They capture the Home Guard's commander, Major General Clive Wynne-Candy (Roger Livesey), while he's in the Turkish bath, and mock his protests and his fat belly. An enraged Candy segues into the story of his life. Flashing back 41 years to 1902, we see a young Clive Candy, newly returned from the [[SecondBoerWar [[UsefulNotes/TheSecondBoerWar Boer War]] and wearing his new Victoria Cross. A visit to Germany to refute anti-British propaganda leads to a meeting with Miss Edith Hunter (Creator/DeborahKerr) and a duel with Prussian officer Theodore Kretschmar-Schuldorff (Anton Walbrook). Over the next forty years, Clive and Theodore will meet several more times, including in WorldWarOne, and Clive will always be on the lookout for other women like his idol, Edith.



--> "''Here is the lake...and I still haven't changed.''"

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--> "''Here is the lake...and I still haven't changed.''"''"
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31st Jul '15 3:15:22 PM phoenix
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* AllGermansAreNazis: Averted! One of the main reasons Churchill disliked the film was the character of Theo, a sympathetic German (though explicitly anti-Nazi). He remained in the story thanks to Powell and Pressburger's [[DoingItForTheArt artistic commitment]]. Anton Walbrook, the actor who plays Theo had ImmigrantPatriotism for England noting the fact that their refusal to indulge in stereotypes was why they were better than NaziGermany.

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* AllGermansAreNazis: Averted! One of the main reasons Churchill disliked the film was the character of Theo, a sympathetic German (though explicitly anti-Nazi). He remained in the story thanks to Powell and Pressburger's [[DoingItForTheArt artistic commitment]]. Anton Walbrook, the actor who plays Theo had ImmigrantPatriotism for England noting the fact that their refusal to indulge in stereotypes was why they were better than NaziGermany.UsefulNotes/NaziGermany.
19th Jan '15 5:09:38 AM 06tele
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* DoppelgangerReplacementLoveInterest: Undoubtedly a TropeCodifier.
19th Jan '15 5:08:18 AM 06tele
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* ReplacementGoldfish : Candy regards Edith as his ideal woman and admits that he never got over her and his wife (played by Kerr) is one and the young soldier who serves as his assistant and chauffeur is another, though Candy is too much of a darling to make it more than platonic.

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* ReplacementGoldfish : Candy regards Edith as his ideal woman and admits that he never got over her Candy's wife Barbara and his wife (played by Kerr) is one and the young soldier who serves as his assistant and ATS chauffeur is another, Angela (aka Johnny) are these for Edith, though in Johnny's case Candy is too much of a darling to make it more than platonic.platonic. What makes them this trope is that [[ActingForTwo they're all played by the same actress.]] Theo [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] it.
19th Jan '15 4:53:46 AM 06tele
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* DeadpanSnarker: Theo, Spud and Johnny, but even Clive gets in a couple:
-->'''Barbara''': We must go, darling, we're having the Bishop for lunch.
-->'''Clive''': I hope he's tender.
19th Jan '15 4:48:15 AM 06tele
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* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: When they're first married, Barbara begs Clive to "never change." Unfortunately, he takes this literally.


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* FatalFlaw: Clive's is a non-standard one, No Self-Awareness. He never realises what he wants until it's too late for him to have it.
19th Jan '15 4:44:37 AM 06tele
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* {{Flanderization}}: The film is in part a Deconstruction of the process of Flanderization, showing how with bad decision he makes (such as[[spoiler: not telling Edith that he loves her]], or failing to realise that the rules of war are constantly changing), Clive ''Flanderizes himself'', turning from a romantic and impetuous young man with zero self-awareness into a lovable but self-important old fool. Fortunately, he acquires enough self-awareness that, by the end, he realises that it's happened and that the best thing he can do is give his support to those who can fight the war better than he can.

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* {{Flanderization}}: The film is in part a Deconstruction of the process of Flanderization, showing how with each bad decision he makes (such as[[spoiler: not telling Edith that he loves her]], or failing to realise that the rules of war are constantly changing), Clive ''Flanderizes himself'', turning from a romantic and impetuous young man with zero self-awareness into a lovable but self-important old fool. Fortunately, he acquires enough self-awareness that, by the end, he realises that it's happened and that the best thing he can do is give his support to those who can fight the war better than he can.
19th Jan '15 4:41:58 AM 06tele
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* Flanderization: The film is in part a Deconstruction of the process of Flanderization, showing how with bad decision he makes (such as[[spoiler: not telling Edith that he loves her]], or failing to realise that the rules of war are constantly changing), Clive ''Flanderizes himself'', turning from a romantic and impetuous young man with zero self-awareness into a lovable but self-important old fool. Fortunately, he acquires enough self-awareness that, by the end, he realises that it's happened and that the best thing he can do is give his support to those who can fight the war better than he can.

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* Flanderization: {{Flanderization}}: The film is in part a Deconstruction of the process of Flanderization, showing how with bad decision he makes (such as[[spoiler: not telling Edith that he loves her]], or failing to realise that the rules of war are constantly changing), Clive ''Flanderizes himself'', turning from a romantic and impetuous young man with zero self-awareness into a lovable but self-important old fool. Fortunately, he acquires enough self-awareness that, by the end, he realises that it's happened and that the best thing he can do is give his support to those who can fight the war better than he can.
19th Jan '15 4:41:43 AM 06tele
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* Flanderization: The film is in part a Deconstruction of the process of Flanderization, showing how with bad decision he makes (such as[[spoiler: not telling Edith that he loves her]], or failing to realise that the rules of war are constantly changing), Clive ''Flanderizes himself'', turning from a romantic and impetuous young man with zero self-awareness into a lovable but self-important old fool. Fortunately, he acquires enough self-awareness that, by the end, he realises that it's happened and that the best thing he can do is give his support to those who can fight the war better than he can.
27th Oct '14 11:16:50 AM TheMysteriousTroper
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[[caption-width-right:348:"The War starts at Midnight!"]]

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[[caption-width-right:348:"The War starts at Midnight!"]]
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