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« on: November 28, 2011, 09:52:48 AM »

Ken Russell, director of some of the most bizarre movies of the late 20th century, has passed away at the age of 84. Sometimes called 'Britain's Orson Welles' Russell could be also be considered the most critically acclaimed and respected bad movie director of all time.

ALTERED STATES was probably his most mainstream film. Most of his movies in the seventies were musicals or were about famous musicians or composers! The infamous WHORE (1991) was his last film to get any kind of distribution in the States. Since then he mostly made no-budget crazy short films and music videos for Andrew Lloyd Webber(!).

Back in the 80's I saw GOTHIC and LAIR OF THE WHITE WORM at a little art movie house in Alabama. Both times there were protesters outside waving signs and shouting about how the movies were "PORNO!!!". Both left me scratching my head ...

RIP, Mr. Russell


LISZTOMANIA, Russell's biopic of 19th century composer Franz Liszt starring Roger Daltrey:
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« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2011, 10:32:16 AM »

R.I.P. Mr. Russell, I was a big fan of his particular brand of craziness.  He looked at where the "over-the-top" line was, and decided it was set way too low.

Best known around these parts for his campiest film

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(long unavailable on DVD) is probably his craziest...
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« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2011, 09:12:16 PM »

An incredible director. Turns out he'll be leaving this world in as stylish a fashion as his films:

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/flamboyant-director-ken-russells-wish-was-for-a-viking-funeral/story-e6frg6so-1226209078217
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« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2011, 09:16:01 PM »

"Altered States" was one of the first movies to truly eff with my head when I was a wee lad. R.I.P. Mr. Russell.
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« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2011, 10:33:35 PM »

Loved Altered States, Gothic and LOTWW for years. CRRRAAAZZY movies! This is my fave (can't find it on dvd in my parts, though)......

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« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2011, 10:39:27 PM »

Loved Altered States, Gothic and LOTWW for years. CRRRAAAZZY movies! This is my fave (can't find it on dvd in my parts, though)......

RIP Ken.

Most of Ken's movies are not on DVD, sadly.  It's really odd how Warners has sat on the titles they control.  They teased that they were going to release THE DEVILS, then cancelled the release without any explanation.  Then they let the British release it on Region 2, but continue to sit on it here...
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« Reply #6 on: December 01, 2011, 08:23:02 PM »

I remember glutting myself on KEN RUSSELL back in the age of video rentals: GOTHIC, CRIMES OF PASSION, LAIR OF THE WHITE WORM... 

I learned not too long ago that the first deep film scare of my life was a KEN RUSSELL film: ISADORA DUNCAN, THE BIGGEST DANCER IN THE WORLD.  The climax of that film, which I've not seen since, is forever burned in my memory from the first and only time I saw it, just the ending on TV, decades ago, I was probably 7 years old...

Good night, KEN
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« Reply #7 on: December 02, 2011, 01:02:26 PM »

Rest in Peace, you crazy, crazy man.
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« Reply #8 on: December 02, 2011, 02:22:44 PM »

I liked Altered States alot. RIP
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« Reply #9 on: December 02, 2011, 06:00:28 PM »

I don't know why anybody would protest "Gothic" and "Lair of the White Worm." I mean there's nothing offensive in neither one.

1. "Gothic"
a. A cunnilingus abortion.

2. "Lair of the White Worm"
a. Nuns raped by Roman soldiers.
b. Jesus Christ "an impotent God" mauled on the cross by a white worm.
c. A boy scout emasculated while getting a sponge bath in the tub.
d. Nuns impaled on stakes, while the villainess licks a bloody dildo.

No, nothing offensive there.

And that is why director Ken Russell will be missed in the world of filmmaking. He pushed his vision far past where most other directors would go. And what is more . . .

Most competent directors can get a decent performance from a decent actor, but Russell could get a more than decent performance from many of the mediocre actors he worked with. Plus the . . . of his films.

Cinematography
Costumes
Editing
Locations
Music
Sets

He was almost unique among directors, and we'll likely never see his like again.
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