The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)
One of the best films about war and friendship ever made, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp follows the military career of British General, Clive Candy (Roger Livesey), over the span of 40 important imperial years, his friendship with German soldier, Theo Kretschmar-Schuldorff (my boyfriend, Anton Walbrook), and three women he loves, all played by 22-year-old Deborah Kerr, who is, sadly, suddenly, much too young to be my girlfriend.
The two friends meet during the Boer Wars under circumstances I won't spoil. The event is a beautifully told bit of military and political history, and Roger Livesey, a sadly underrated actor, has one scene in particular that is profoundly funny and adorable in which he utters not one word. The relationship between the two men is strengthened by their mutual love of an English governess (Kerr #1), who marries the German and breaks the heart of his friend, who, being British, keeps it to himself until World War II.
Powell & Pressburger were responsible for some of the best technicolor poems of all time — The Red Shoes, A Matter of Life and Death, Black Narcissus — but in Blimp the storytelling is so exquisite and well-paced that you don't realize until it's over that you've been sitting there for 163 minutes.