Anton at home during the filming of Queen Of Spades, 1949, (hence the lack of moustache) from Film Revue, with a thousand thanks to Karen H for the pictures.
There are photos, folks, and then there are photos. I can’t quite express how fucking lucky I feel to have seen these, and to get to share them. Let us bask in the glory of these candids. Let us realise, as cinemaocd pointed out, that messyhair!Anton is in fact canon-at-home-Anton. Never mind his art, and his books, and his specs, and his dogs, and his french windows, and his lovely Hampstead house, and his corduroys, and his piano and his guitar playing. And his shoes. Let’s also, for a moment, think about how he is fifty fucking two in these pictures, and wonder once more about that portrait in the attic.
“Powell was in love with Kerr when they were making the film, and one feels delicate shadings of chemistry in every scene between her and Powell surrogate Livesey. Indeed, there’s a kind of special, surreptitious charge between and among all three actors. Powell wrote that, in the course of making the film, ‘I learnt from Anton what an artist is. I learnt from Roger what a man is. I learnt from Deborah what love is.’”
— Molly Haskell, The Life and Death and Life of Colonel Blimp
okay what was smoking a metaphor for again?
On the set of Zigeunerbaron
Anton Walbrook knows from personal experience something of the terrors and brutality of Nazi-ism. His belief in democracy is rooted in a deep sincerity of purpose unmistakably clear in his recent work on stage and screen. In the picture above, which is one of the great moments in The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, a Technicolor film which is being produced and directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, he is seen as Theo Kretschmar-Schuldorff, a tired old man, outcast from Germany, the country to which he has dedicated a life of military service, seeking refuge in England.
It is not his first visit, for in the last Great War he spent a considerable time here as a prisoner of war, and in a passionate speech for democracy (written for him by Emeric Pressburger), Walbrook pauses for a moment to recollect the foolish kindnesses of the British people to German prisoners in those days. Anton Walbrook’s great speech in 49th Parallel will long be remembered by all who saw the film. This speech, also written by Emeric Pressburger, has now been recorded in many languages, and is used for British propaganda purposes all over the world. (The Tatler, October 28, 1942) [Photo by Fred Daniels.]
Anton Walbrook - Grieling Serie C movie card
Anton’s German films should come with a cushion-warning, really