The Life & Death of Colonel Blimp Poster

Nifty promo for the re-issued classic

It's a good day for cinema, because we have the UK quad for the release of the restored The Life And Death of Colonel Blimp, the Powell and Pressburger classic of 1943. If you haven't seen it, you should rectify that this May on its re-release, because it's really rather great even by Powell and Pressburger's august standards.

It's all the story of Major General Clive Wynne-Candy - or at least the young, brash officer who becomes that old duffer. Played throughout his life by Roger Livesey, the film essentially traces the evolution of the British military through the experience of one man, from the Boer War to World War II via the trenches. Along the way, a series of relationships with women played by Deborah Kerr, and the friendship of a German named Theo (Anton Walbrook) shape Clive's life.

The film is set to return to the big screen in the UK on May 18, up against The Dictator and What To Expect When You're Expecting in what feels like decent counter-programming. Keep an eye out for it, and remember: the war starts at midnight.