“Taking as their starting point David Low’s cartoon character, the film-makers created General Clive Wynne-Candy, superbly played by the husky-voiced Roger Livesey. As we join the story in 1943, he appears to be nothing more than a pop-eyed, reactionary buffer. But the movie takes us back in time to show how the old grump was once a young blade, a dashing officer of frank and good-natured simplicity who won a VC during the Boer war. His life was changed by an intense and ennobling friendship with a German army officer, played by the incomparably elegant Anton Walbrook. Candy is also entranced with an ideal embodiment of woman, played in three incarnations and three generations by Deborah Kerr. This glorious film is about the greatest mystery of all: how old people were once young, and how young people are in the process of becoming old.”—Peter Bradshaw
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UK 1943 164m