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Restored & Unseen: The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

Michael Powell / GB, 1942 / 164 min.

In the war year 1943, Winston Churchill was ‘not amused’ by Powell & Pressburger's satire on the British army. For a long time, only shortened versions circulated, often in black and white, of the first Technicolor film made by the illustrious film duo. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp was restored to its original length in 2011 thanks to the efforts of filmmaker and cinephile Martin Scorsese. What can the film tell us about British national identity today in 2020?  

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Director

Michael Powell

Production year

1942

Country

GB

Original title

Restored & Unseen: The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

Length

164 min.

Language

English

Subtitles

NONE

Format

DCP

Part of

Restored & Unseen

At last, a chance to see that Italian classic that’s been on the list for so long? Or relish that wonderful restoration of Blue Movie, the Netherlands’ most talked-about nude film of the seventies, when the Bijlmer district was still a sexual paradise? Restored & Unseen is a biweekly programme featuring classics and recent restorations, with introductions by experts.

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