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Blimp is briliant, Life and Death magical
on 11 March 2014
Blimp - giving his name to 'a blimp', meaning a certain kind of obsolete, puffed-up bore - is met as an aged leader of the Home Guard. The film then flashes back to the end of the 19th Century, when he was a dashing chap, and he meets and befriends a young German officer. It runs from there, back through the part where we met him (but from another angle) and on to the end of the film. We are taken through two world wars, and throughout Candy (played by Livesey) never loses his humanity or his principles. It is a moving film, but not mawkish; heroic but not posturing and well worth getting. It portrays as clearly as it is possible to portray, a particular British attitude of the past.
A Matter of Life and Death is magical, whimsical and another of these Pressberger oddities that should not be missed. It puts Love above all else, in a phantasy in which Niven survives a shot-up bomber by mistake (a fog means that the French Angel sent to collect him fails to find him). By the time the Frenchman has found him, Niven has fallen in love with a young WAAF and she with him, providing his defence in a heavenly court. Charming, at times gripping. I love this film too.