Deborah Kerr and Roger Livesy star in this wondrous British Technicolor classic from Powell and Pressburger – one of cinema’s greatest studies of ‘Englishness’.
This rich and witty story of age and becoming out of touch, follows the life of General Clive Wynne-Candy, whose life and loves are charted from the time of the Boer War to his relegation to the Home Guard during World War II, giving a portrait of a man and the subtle changes in his personality and values that occur with the passing of time; crucially, his fateful encounters with Edith Hunter, the woman he falls for, and his friend and love rival, Theo Kretschmar-Schuldorff teach him that little is fair in love and war.
Met with hostility on it's initial release, particularly by Winston Churchill who was famously tempted to suppress the film, it’s now acknowledged as a humanist testament and one of the finest British movies ever made, a deep, dark, delicately nuanced and quietly devastating drama with three spellbinding lead performances.
Running Time: 2hrs 43mins
BBFC Advice: U
Director(s): Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
Country of Origin: UK
Year of release: 1943
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