I don't remember the circumstances under which I first watched "The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp." The name isn't a huge selling point (especially to a modern audience), and at the time I had no idea what "Pressburger and Powell" was. But today I was singing the praises of that pair of directors to a friend, and I looked up "Colonel Blimp" on Rotten Tomatoes and was stunned by the slavish compliments in the review excerpts. I love the movie, but didn't realize it had acquired quite so much of a shine as it has:
"This glorious film is about the greatest mystery of all: how old people were once young, and how young people are in the process of becoming old."
"Staggering and heartbreaking. Still."
"Maybe the most wonderfully British movie ever made."
"The movie looks past the fat, bald military man with the walrus moustache, and sees inside, to an idealist and a romantic. To know him is to love him."
"It stands as very possibly the finest film ever made in Britain."
"It's a heartbreaking study of aging and obsolescence in the face of modernity, but also a paean to a generation of heroes."
"says something wonderful about who we are when we're at our best."
"Maybe the most essentially, urgently British of the 21 films Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger made together."
"The rarest of cinematic treasures: a historical epic that is also intensely personal and emotionally earnest."
"The greatest of all British films, the greatest film about Britishness"
I cannot recommend it enough: if you haven't seen it, go now. TPL has seven copies (and I think they're Criterion, so the quality is excellent). Enjoy.