Satirizing War in Technicolor: The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

by jhoberman.

For those combatant nations able to produce movies, World War II inspired all manner of morale-boosting epics. The Nazis conjured up the period extravaganza Kolberg; Japan released The War at Sea From Hawaii to Malaya. Hollywood uncorked Since You Went Away and, on behalf of our Soviet allies, Song of Russia. The Russians themselves had Eisenstein’s Ivan the Terrible. But none is more curious than Britain’s The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp... Read more