Excellent character study, satirical view of the British army without being too harsh or cheap, the melancholia of passing time and romance... Not as impressive or close to my heart as Black Narcissus, but a lot more fresh, non-stereotypical, gentle, appealing, and upright than some of its American war epic counterparts.
Probably the best photographed, gorgeously shot and epic propaganda war drama that was made during WW2. It has a great acting trio in Livesey, Walbrook and Kerr. It can also be a confusing film as it mixes all genres: comedy, drama and war epic into one big cauldron. Winston Churchill loses his legend status in my history book as he actually tried to ban the film due to his own personal distaste for it.
A creditable original screenplay by the directors, with lush colour photography. The contents of the long-winded script are witty and critical of the attitudes of British upper class. Deborah Kerr plays three different ladies who look similar. And there is no Col. Blimp in the entire film which is centered on an affable, bumbling character named General Candy, who won a Victoria Cross medal.
Powell and Pressburger were criminally good at this time. I was somewhat intimidated when I read the running time was a whopping 163 minutes, but the characterisations are so rich with detail that you'll soon be wanting for more. The script is both funny and moving in equal measure, and elevated to even greater heights by an extraordinarily talented cast of actors. And if that's not enough, every frame is a painting.
The first act took a bit to find me compelled. At first this film plays like a pleasant sunday afternoon film but the final act is full of powerful commentary on the complexities of war. A really profound commentary on age and the changing difficulties of the world at war. Really rewarding work. Every film by the archers seems to have a powerful depth beyond it's elegant frames and epic set ups.
Premier constat: c'est affreusement long! Le rythme pépère du film fait des ravages sur 2h40! Le script m'a aussi semblé par endroits extrêmement foutraque, au point de rendre difficile la compréhension (à commencer par la scène d'ouverture).Plus grave: pour un film de 1943, le discours général sur la guerre m'a semblé à côté de la plaque (trop anglais?) de la même manière que pouvait l'être celui de "49e parallèle".
Excelente película. Como en La Gran Ilusión de Renoir muestra el fin de la inocencia (si es que algún día la hubo) que trajo la Segunda Guerra y la idea de que "todo se vale". Pero hay algo que permanece y que resurge: la belleza –en este caso encarnada en Deborah Kerr–.
Un film anglais réalisé durant la Seconde guerre mondiale et centré sur des "militaires civilisés", voilà qui a des accents forcément trop patriotiques. Heureusement, ses messages ont surtout une visée humaniste. De plus, la mise en scène de Powell et Pressburger (et le technicolor) sont une nouvelle fois éblouissants, tout comme le trio d'acteurs. L'attraction majeure reste bien sûr Deborah Kerr et ses trois rôles !
I enjoyed how this film, which starts as a WW2 "morale booster" cleverly encapsulates a multilayered and interesting story, which escapes many stereotypes and cliches from the era. Impressive Technicolor cinematography, very strong performances. Top class cinema, watching this film I felt like I was transported back in time...
Perhaps the greatest British film of all time? In the heart of the Second World War, Powell and Pressburger ask their audience to consider the changing nature of warfare and Britishness. Taking the "Col. Blimp" caricature played by Roger Livesey, P&P lead us into his past to reveal an irrepressible romantic – a solo player in one of cinema's great unfulfilled love stories.
A masterpiece, should be top of any list, Livesy never appears in any lists either but he is a titan as is Walbrook and Kerr. The print is incandescent, it shines like a jewel, in every scene the colour of dresses, gleaming glasses of sherry, tweeds, wallpaper patterns. I could have watched another hour or two.