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Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Re: Lisztomania
« Last post by BoyScoutKevin on March 17, 2018, 10:17:48 PM »
Alison Anders on Lisztomania (3:22)

Apparently, one of the few to like it. Still, she makes a number of important points.

Liszt was probably the first rock star.

With Beatlemania being a play on Liszt's Lisztomania, as both the fans of the Beatles and Liszt behaved in the same way, when confronted by their idols.

When Lisztomania was made in 1975, it was the age of Glitter and Tim Curry in The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Excess at its height. Still, excess can be excessive (IMHO) at it is here.

Next time: Final thoughts?

The details are:

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Two audio commentaries from 2003, one featuring director Ken Russell and the other screenwriter and producer Larry Kramer
  • Segments from a 2007 interview with Russell for the BAFTA Los Angeles Heritage Archive
  • A British Picture: Portrait of an Enfant Terrible, Russell’s 1989 biopic on his own life and career
  • Interview from 1976 with actor Glenda Jackson
  • Interviews with Kramer and actors Alan Bates and Jennie Linden from the set
  • New interviews with director of photography Billy Williams and editor Michael Bradsell
  • Second Best, a 1972 short film based on a D. H. Lawrence story, produced by and starring Bates
  • An essay by scholar Linda Ruth Williams
Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Re: Lisztomania
« Last post by BoyScoutKevin on March 03, 2018, 08:37:44 PM »
Lisztomania - Roger Daltrey - Peace at Last (3:37)

It's been done better. Specifically in "Tommy's" "Pinball Wizard" scene.

And that is the specific problem with "Lisztomania," that I see. If this is the only Ken Russell film one has seen, then it may not be so bad, but in comparison with scenes from his other films, it fails badly.

Next time: Allison Anders on Lisztomania
Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Re: Gothic coming to Blu-Ray
« Last post by Iain Fisher on March 03, 2018, 06:45:48 PM »
Good news.  It will be better than the 3d version of the film released a while ago.
Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Re: Scottish Painters
« Last post by Iain Fisher on March 03, 2018, 06:44:25 PM »
Interesting question.  I'm away for a few days but when I am back I'll watch it again.  I doubt I will know the answer but I'll check some books as well.  Iain

Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Scottish Painters
« Last post by Paul Beveridge on February 26, 2018, 03:06:17 PM »
The intro to 'Scottish Painters' shows the two Roberts travelling in a horse and cart while 'Lincolnshire Posy plays on the soundtrack; anyone have any idea where this version comes from? Perhaps it was recorded especially for the film. Frederick Fennells version is contemporaneous- and considered to be definitive- but it doesn't seem to be that.
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.
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
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. 
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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