History Film / TheLifeAndDeathOfColonelBlimp

14th Oct '16 4:55:08 AM 06tele
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* TomboyishName: Angela "I think it stinks, my friends call me Johnny" Cannon.
* WhenIWasYourAge : Candy invokes this at the end of the film, in his dealing with spud.

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* TomboyishName: Angela "I think it stinks, my friends call me Johnny" "Johnny" Cannon.
* WhenIWasYourAge : Candy invokes this at the end of the film, in his dealing with spud.Spud.
14th Oct '16 4:54:26 AM 06tele
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* TomboyishName: Angela "I think it stinks, my friends call me Johnny" Cannon.
14th Oct '16 4:52:35 AM 06tele
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* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Clive is apparently friendly with Creator/ArthurConanDoyle, who's said in the film to be collecting material to counter the Germans' anti-British propaganda.
14th Oct '16 4:45:31 AM 06tele
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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: A lovely one: Clive has lost the war game to Spud and his own approach has been shown up as outdated, but he's accepted that he himself can't change and that officers like Spud are what the war effort needs, so as Spud and his men march past, he salutes them, grinning.]]
* CoolOldGuy : The film manages to make Clive Wynne Candy, a caricature of the Colonel Blimp cartoons, into this. Or as Johnny Cannon says, "a real old darling!"

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: A lovely one: Clive has lost the war game to Spud in a very humiliating way, and his own approach has been shown up as outdated, but on the other hand he's finally accepted that he himself can't change and that officers like Spud are what the war effort needs, so as Spud and his men march past, he salutes them, grinning.]]
* CoolOldGuy : The film manages to make Clive Wynne Candy, a caricature of the Colonel Blimp cartoons, into this. Or as Johnny Cannon says, "a real "He's such an old darling!"darling."
14th Oct '16 4:41:58 AM 06tele
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* IWasQuiteALooker: Clive doesn't exactly say this about himself in the speech at the top of the page, not being the boastful type, but although the old Clive make-up is very convincing, young Clive was quite the heartthrob. (Roger Livesey was only 36-37 when the film was made.)
8th Jul '16 9:29:22 AM Mdumas43073
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Opening in 1943 in the midst of the war, a group of British Army soldiers think they are ''very'' clever when they set out to capture the commanders of the local Home Guard units so that they can easily defeat their leaderless forces in a wargame that starts later that day. They capture the Home Guard commander, Major General Clive Wynne-Candy (Roger Livesey), while he's in a Turkish bath - mocking his outrage at their invalidation of the exercise, his fatness, and his moustache. An enraged Candy begins beating the stuffing out the British Army commander, the young Lieutenant Wilson, and segues into the story of his life. Flashing back 41 years to 1902, we see a young Clive Candy, newly returned from the [[UsefulNotes/TheSecondBoerWar Boer War]] and wearing his new Victoria Cross. A visit to Germany at the behest of Miss Edith Hunter (Creator/DeborahKerr), ostensibly to 'refute anti-British propaganda', and a duel with Prussian officer Theodore Kretschmar-Schuldorff (Anton Walbrook) ensues. Over the next forty years Clive and Theodore 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 In the midst of the war, a group of British Army soldiers think they are ''very'' clever when they set out to capture the commanders of the local Home Guard units so that they can easily defeat their leaderless forces in a wargame that starts later that day. They capture the Home Guard commander, Major General Clive Wynne-Candy (Roger Livesey), while he's in a Turkish bath - mocking his outrage at their invalidation of the exercise, his fatness, and his moustache. An enraged Candy begins beating the stuffing out the British Army commander, the young Lieutenant Wilson, and segues into the story of his life. Flashing back 41 years to 1902, we see a young Clive Candy, newly returned from the [[UsefulNotes/TheSecondBoerWar Boer War]] and wearing his new Victoria Cross. A visit to Germany at the behest of Miss Edith Hunter (Creator/DeborahKerr), ostensibly to 'refute anti-British propaganda', and a duel with Prussian officer Theodore Kretschmar-Schuldorff (Anton Walbrook) ensues. Over the next forty years Clive and Theodore meet several more times, including in WorldWarOne, and Clive will always be on the lookout for other women like his idol, Edith.
8th Jul '16 9:28:46 AM Mdumas43073
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A (subtle) 1943 British propaganda film whose protagonist does not die during the film, is not a colonel, and is not surnamed "Blimp". Despite this triple deception, it is very good.

Opening in 1943 in the midst of WorldWarTwo, a group of British Army soldiers think they are ''very'' clever when they set out to capture the commanders of the local Home Guard units so that they can easily defeat their leaderless forces in a wargame that starts later that day. They capture the Home Guard commander, Major General Clive Wynne-Candy (Roger Livesey), while he's in a Turkish bath - mocking his outrage at their invalidation of the exercise, his fatness, and his moustache. An enraged Candy begins beating the stuffing out the British Army commander, the young Lieutenant Wilson, and segues into the story of his life. Flashing back 41 years to 1902, we see a young Clive Candy, newly returned from the [[UsefulNotes/TheSecondBoerWar Boer War]] and wearing his new Victoria Cross. A visit to Germany at the behest of Miss Edith Hunter (Creator/DeborahKerr), ostensibly to 'refute anti-British propaganda', and a duel with Prussian officer Theodore Kretschmar-Schuldorff (Anton Walbrook) ensues. Over the next forty years Clive and Theodore 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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A (subtle) 1943 British WorldWarII propaganda film whose protagonist does not die during the film, is not a colonel, and is not surnamed "Blimp". Despite this triple deception, it is very good.

Opening in 1943 in the midst of WorldWarTwo, the war, a group of British Army soldiers think they are ''very'' clever when they set out to capture the commanders of the local Home Guard units so that they can easily defeat their leaderless forces in a wargame that starts later that day. They capture the Home Guard commander, Major General Clive Wynne-Candy (Roger Livesey), while he's in a Turkish bath - mocking his outrage at their invalidation of the exercise, his fatness, and his moustache. An enraged Candy begins beating the stuffing out the British Army commander, the young Lieutenant Wilson, and segues into the story of his life. Flashing back 41 years to 1902, we see a young Clive Candy, newly returned from the [[UsefulNotes/TheSecondBoerWar Boer War]] and wearing his new Victoria Cross. A visit to Germany at the behest of Miss Edith Hunter (Creator/DeborahKerr), ostensibly to 'refute anti-British propaganda', and a duel with Prussian officer Theodore Kretschmar-Schuldorff (Anton Walbrook) ensues. Over the next forty years Clive and Theodore 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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8th Jul '16 9:28:11 AM Mdumas43073
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A (subtle) mid-1943 propaganda film whose protagonist does not die during the film, is not a colonel, and is not surnamed "Blimp". Despite this triple deception, it is very good.

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A (subtle) mid-1943 1943 British propaganda film whose protagonist does not die during the film, is not a colonel, and is not surnamed "Blimp". Despite this triple deception, it is very good.
5th May '16 5:45:08 PM MAI742
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A (subtle) propaganda film whose protagonist does not die during the film, is not a colonel, and is not surnamed "Blimp". Despite this triple deception, it is very good.

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A (subtle) mid-1943 propaganda film whose protagonist does not die during the film, is not a colonel, and is not surnamed "Blimp". Despite this triple deception, it is very good.



Upon examining the script, they continued to obstruct its production out of fears that it would might instill doubts about whether all Germans were inherently thuggish and brutal, as in all the propaganda produced during the war so far and in WorldWarOne. This was done because it was not felt that ordinary British people were capable of understanding nuance. Together they successfully prevented Powell & Pressburger from hiring Creator/SirLawrenceOlivier for the role of Blimp and legally using military equipment and vehicles (which had to be stolen). At the time of its release it was attacked by many for being "pro-German". It has subsequently been considered one of the finest British films, and to have taken anti-Nazi wartime propaganda to much subtler and more ethical level, which was arguably more effective for those very reasons. It was the fourth collaboration between writer-directors Creator/MichaelPowell and Emeric Pressburger in their production company, The Archers. The duo would go on to make several more films, including ''[[Film/TheRedShoes1948 The Red Shoes]]'' and ''Film/BlackNarcissus''. Also notable for being the breakout part for British actress Creator/DeborahKerr, who was only 21 when the film was made.

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Upon examining the script, they continued to obstruct its production out of fears that it would might instill doubts about whether all Germans were inherently thuggish and brutal, as in all the propaganda produced during the war so far and in WorldWarOne. This was done because it was not felt that ordinary British people were capable of understanding nuance. Together they successfully prevented Powell & Pressburger from hiring Creator/SirLawrenceOlivier Creator/LaurenceOlivier for the role of Blimp and legally using military equipment and vehicles (which had to be stolen). At the time of its release it was critics also attacked by many it for mocking the British Army and/or being "pro-German". "pro-German".

It has subsequently been considered one of the finest British films, and to have taken anti-Nazi wartime propaganda to much subtler and more ethical level, which was arguably more effective for those very reasons. It was the fourth collaboration between writer-directors Creator/MichaelPowell and Emeric Pressburger in their production company, The Archers. The duo would go on to make several more films, including ''[[Film/TheRedShoes1948 The Red Shoes]]'' and ''Film/BlackNarcissus''. Also notable for being the breakout part for British actress Creator/DeborahKerr, who was only 21 when the film was made.



* HonorBeforeReason: Candy would rather lose the war than win by stooping to "dirty" methods. Theo points out that if the British did that, the only methods left in the world would be Nazi methods. The fact that the government doesn't share Candy's view leads to his being retired from service again.

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* HonorBeforeReason: Candy would rather lose the war than win by stooping to "dirty" methods. Theo points out states his views that if the British did are so close to losing that, if they do use these ill-defined "dirty" methods, then the only methods left in the world would be Nazi methods. Nazis will win. The fact that the government doesn't share Candy's view views leads to his him being forcibly retired from service again.again. When the film was made the Ministry of Information was not just trying to convince the British public that [[BelievingTheirOwnLies the Strategic Bombing campaign was effective]], but that [[BlatantLies it was so effective that the Soviet Union would lose the war without it]]. As they say, go hard or go home.
4th May '16 4:42:45 AM MAI742
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* RealLifeWritesThePlot : Emeric Pressburger the screenwriter, a Hungarian Jew who lived in Berlin, modeled Theo's speech at the immigration bureau on his own experience entering Britain. Anton Walbrook the actor who played Theo likewise exiled himself from Austria (and changed his EmbarrassingFirstName Adolph to Anton) on the rise of Nazism and both had ImmigrantPatriotism for England.

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* RealLifeWritesThePlot : Emeric Pressburger the screenwriter, a Hungarian Jew who lived in Berlin, modeled Theo's speech at the immigration bureau on his own experience entering Britain. The unfortunately-named Austian emigre Adolph Anton Walbrook the actor Wilhelm Wahlbruecke (stage name Anton Walbrook), who played Theo Theo, likewise exiled himself from Austria (and changed his EmbarrassingFirstName Adolph to Anton) on when it became a right-wing dictatorship in the rise of Nazism and both '20s. Both had ImmigrantPatriotism for England.
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