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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 8, No. 1. Friday, March, 2, 1945

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp — *** Melodrama

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

*** Melodrama.

I confess this film has me slightly baffled. I'm still not sure what it's all about, but I don't think it's about Colonel Blimp, certainly not the Low character of the same name. Perhaps we can agree that it is far too long, and is inclined to be tedious. The colour doesn't seem quite satisfactory, but the makeup is superb. Acting, in a dignified English way, is good from the men, and rather inadequate from the women. I suppose it is best to put this film down as a sort of propaganda effort about the British character. I certainly do not think that it is the film by which, as the advertising tells us, "all other British films, past present and future, will be judged." The only advice I can give you is for you to make your own judgment. You'll either hate it or admire it tremendeusly.