Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Life & Death Of Colonel Blimp (film)

The Life And Death Of Colonel Blimp will be the second Hailsham Film Club screening in October. It was originally released in 1943 and is a comedy-drama produced and directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. It was shot in full Technicolor and stars Deborah Kerr, Anton Walbrook and Roger Livesey.

At the beginning of the film, we meet an imposingly large General Clive Wynne-Candy (Roger Livesey), a blustering military veteran who appears completely out of touch with (then) modern values. The story then jumps back 40 years to reveal the young officer "Sugar" Candy. As we follow him through his life, through his relationships with three women (all played by Deborah Kerr) and his friendship with a German Officer (Anton Walbrook), we are shown how the dashing young man becomes a curmudgeonly old fogey.

The film has been extensively restored and the new version was premiered in November 2011. It speaks about censorship and the morals of war, but also explores the need to remember that all old people were once young people, and young people will one day realise they have become old.

Hailsham Pavilion, Thu 25th Oct, 19:45.
Tickets £6.50 adult, £5.00 concessions. Available online, by calling 01323 841414 (10:00-16:00 Mon-Sat), or in person at the Box Office.

Curzon, Wed 12th Dec, 14:00, 17:00, 20:00 (times TBC) .
Tickets £6.50 adult, £4.50 concessions. Available by calling 01323 731441 (15:00-19:00 daily), or in person at the Box Office.