World War II is raging. British soldiers are chasing a woman through the English countryside and the streets of London. They call her Mata Hari and say she's rushing to meet someone codenamed "The Wizard." This could be serious. Except the spirits of the soldiers at the start of The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943) are too high for people engaged in counter-espionage. The music that accompanies their chase is upbeat. … more
Churchill was outraged. He was expecting a patriotic war movie full of valor, heroic death, brave British soldiers overcoming all odds to beat the Hun, with Nazis portrayed as the beasts they were. What he saw was a film about a fat, bald, pompous old man with a walrus mustache who can't seem to do anything right. Worse, the only German around is a good German who turns out to be a firm friend. Even worse, the lead character seems to be based on a newspaper cartoon of a blustering old colonel … more
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