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Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Re: Gothic coming to Blu-Ray
« Last post by BoyScoutKevin on February 17, 2018, 05:39:04 PM »
If Ken's commentary is anything like his commentary for Lair of the White Worm, then it's worthwhile getting this version for that alone. If the other films mentioned are released, then, hopefully, there is a commentary by Ken for those films, which is released with those films.
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Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Re: Lisztomania
« Last post by BoyScoutKevin on February 17, 2018, 05:33:56 PM »
Lisztomania : Phallus Song Reaction (5:47)

Unfortunately, . . .
--the scene itself is not shown. We only get shown the reaction to the scene.
--we do not get the ages of the reactors (2 girls and a boy.)
--there is no 2nd reaction from those who saw it the 1st time, some 6 years before.

Fortunately, . . .
--from the laughter of the reactors, it seems to be a comedy scene that works. Maybe, because it is so absurd, even by Ken's standards.

Next time: peace at last
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Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Re: Gothic coming to Blu-Ray
« Last post by Rosebud on February 05, 2018, 04:20:33 AM »
Hurray to Vestron.  Last year we got "The Lair of the White Worm," and now this year "Gothic." I have never seen and heard the film look and sound better.  I finally got to see the film in widescreen.  The previous USA DVD release was pan and scan.  It also includes wonderful and quite emotional interviews with Julian Sands, Mike Southon, and Stephen Volk.  There is also a mini commentary with Thomas Dolby, which was very informative.  Lisi Russell also does a full length commentary. I am hoping Vestron will now release special edition blu rays for "Salome's Last Dance," "The Rainbow," and "Whore."   I assume they still own the rights to all of those films.  If sales for "Gothic" are good it may happen. 
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Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Re: Lisztomania
« Last post by BoyScoutKevin on February 01, 2018, 07:04:10 PM »
Lisztomania "Pope Ringo" (3:36)

Roger Daltrey
Paul Nicholas
Rick Wakeman
and Ringo makes it 4.
Among Ken's films, probably only "Tommy" has more singers-musicians in it.

And why the bad acting?
If one has seen some of Ringo's other film performances, he is a much better actor, than what one sees here.

And Ken can get a good performance from some surprising actors.
For example: if one has seen some of Chris Pitt's other performances, the actor who played Kevin in Ken's "Lair of the White Worm," his performance there is probably his best performance to date.

Note Ken's seeming fondness for masculine looking women. Which seemingly date back to the time that Ken was working as a photographer.,

A scalpel works better than a sledgehammer. Here Ken uses a sledgehammer.

Next time: Lisztomania phallus song reaction.

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Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Re: Lisztomania
« Last post by BoyScoutKevin on January 18, 2018, 10:54:22 PM »
Lisztomania "Wagner's Exorcism" (4:21)

For an unsubtle director, Ken can be remarkably subtle. Except here. And (IMHO) the scene suffers from it.

It also suffers (again IMHO) that rarity in one of Ken's films--bad acting. Probably the worst to date in any of the clips I have seen so far. And probably--again--asking too much from the actors and their acting capabilities.

Next time: Pope Ringo
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Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Re: Lisztomania
« Last post by BoyScoutKevin on January 09, 2018, 09:50:36 PM »
Lisztomania "Devil Song" (2:56)

Lisztomania may not be a very good film, but in some ways it is a fairly accurate film. Whether what Liszt is wearing here is totally correct, I cannot say, but here it does point out how Liszt was a member of the 3rd Order of Saint Francis.

Female nudity
What is a Ken Russell film without female nudity? And here again he lays it out in spades.

Male nudity
What? They could not find an actor to appear nude in the film. That is one of the things about Ken's films. There is almost as much male nudity, as there is female nudity.

Next time: Wagner's exorcism.
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Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Re: Lisztomania
« Last post by BoyScoutKevin on December 26, 2017, 09:19:44 PM »
Clip (3:00)

I 1st tried to access the 2:52 minute clip on you tube, but was blocked, as it was rated as being "inappropriate for some users." Though, how that clip is more inappropriate than the clips seen so far, I have no idea.

Thus the 3:00 minute clip with Roger Daltrey as Lizst as Charlie Chaplain in a silent film with another actress playing Charlie's wife. Unlike the other clips so far from Lisztomania and the clips from Ken's other films, this clip seemed to be without meaning. Without meaning, unless one watched the film up to that point.

Next time: Lisztomania "Devil Song"
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Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Re: Lisztomania
« Last post by BoyScoutKevin on December 16, 2017, 10:26:00 PM »
Lisztomania - Superior Race (3:23)

Wagner seduces the children in the scene to believe they are the superior race, which is comparable to the seduction scene in Lair of the White Worm, where the villainess seduces the boy scout.

Though, unlike that scene, where the villainess kills off the boy scout, no child character was physically harmed in the scene. Nor is any of the children seen nude, unlike the scene in Lair of the White Worm, where the boy scout is seen nude in the sunken bathtub.

Yet (IMHO) the seduction scene in Lair of the White Worm works better than this seduction scene in Lisztomania, and it is not because of the violence or the lack thereof or the nudity or lack thereof, it is because of . . .

The Acting
Chris Pitt who plays the scout in the film turns in a better acting performance than any of the child actors in the seduction scene in Lisztomania.

The Humor
The seduction scene in Lisztomania lacks the humor that suffuses the seduction scene in Lair of the White Worm. Though, there is seemingly one humorous moment at the end of the scene in Lisztomania, where Wagner takes off his wig, and it looks like he is wearing hair curlers.

The Reality
Despite all the fantastic elements in the seduction scene in Lair of the White Worm, the relationship between the boy scout and his killer is fairly realistic, if stretched. While Wagner may have been an anti-Semite, his attitude toward Jews was more nuanced than depicted by Ken in the seduction scene in Lisztomania. And if the children are dressed like Supermen, it apparently reflects Nietzsche's concept of Superman, which is again more nuanced than depicted by Ken in the film.

The Sympathy
While Ken seems to be sympathetic with the children in the scene in Lisztomania, his sympathy for the scout in Lair of the White Worm seems to be more mixed. And that actually seems to work better.

Next time: Lisztomania - clip
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Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Re: Criterion is releasing Woman In Love on blu ray!!!!!!!!!
« Last post by willem on December 16, 2017, 05:49:59 PM »
wow, that is great news!
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2018 may be a good year.
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