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Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Re: It's the Little Things--in LOTWW--That Count
« Last post by BoyScoutKevin on December 12, 2018, 10:08:57 PM »
Le Repaire du Ver Blanc

Eve (Catherine Oxenberg)
1. Not only is Sylvia doubled by a stunt double in the scene set in in the cave with the white worm, but so is Eve.

Angus (Peter Capaldi)
1. Angus' playing the bagpipes while wandering around inside Temple House speaks to Ken's skill as both a cinematographer and director, as the scene was shot in only one take.

2. One benefit of being bitten is apparently one does not need glasses after being bitten. Angus is wearing glasses ere he is bitten, but not afterwards. Actually, except for Peters, he is the only one in the film to be seen wearing glasses.

3. How did he get back so quickly to Mercy Farm? We know that James drove back in his car, but how did Angus get back at the same time as James?

Miscellaneous
1. Eat and drink. Two times people are seen eating and/or drinking. With the 10 previous times, that is a dozen times people are seen eating/and or drinking in the film.

2. Where is the smoke coming from at Temple House? There is no obvious source of anything flammable in the concluding scene at Temple House.

Next time: concluding with sexual orientation
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Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Re: The Mystery of Dr Martinu
« Last post by Rosebud on December 10, 2018, 10:01:46 PM »
After watching the film, I agree with Iain's criticism that Martinu's compositions are not justly used, and that any bit of stock music could have blended with the imagery just as well.  Which of course is crazy considering Ken's usual brilliance of combining image with music.  I guess even the best can have an off day.  Still I found the visuals quite compelling and at the end I was moved by the story.  Definitely worth seeing.
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Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Re: Ken Russels Treasure Island
« Last post by Rosebud on December 10, 2018, 09:47:15 PM »
I totally agree.  Definitely not one of Ken's defining moments.  The film has the production values of one of those strange straight to VHS 1990's Christian films.  Still, I like the DIY feel of the piece and overall the film is quite entertaining.
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Beckett, Bond, Pinter discussion / Re: Pinter at the Pinter
« Last post by Iain Fisher on December 08, 2018, 10:08:37 PM »
There are seven sets of plays:

  • Pinter 1: Pinter: Press Conference/ Precisely/ The New World Order/ Mountain Language/ American Football/ The Pres and an Officer/ Death/ One For the Road Ashes to Ashes (Anthony Sher)
  • Pinter 2: The Lover/ The Collection (David Suchet)
  • Pinter 3: Landscape/ Apart From That/ Girls/ That's All/ God's District/ That's Your Trouble/ Special Offer/ Trouble in the Works/ Night/ A Kind of Alaska / Monologue
  • Pinter 4 Moonlight / Night School & other sketches
  • Pinter 5  The Room/ Victoria Station/ Family Voices
  • Pinter 6 Party Time/ Celebration
  • Pinter 7 A Slight Ache / The Dumb Waiter
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A talk at the British  Library on 4 Mar 2019, to coincide with the Pinter exhibition from 11 Jan- 17 Mar 2019.

Details are here
https://www.bl.uk/events/harold-pinter-a-line-a-word-an-image

and
https://www.bl.uk/events/remembering-harold-pinter-antonia-fraser-and-michael-billington
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Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Re: It's the Little Things--in LOTWW--That Count
« Last post by BoyScoutKevin on December 04, 2018, 06:17:45 PM »
Le Repaire du Ver Blanc
(the minutes are off, but this reply will take from the last reply to the end of the film.)

Sylvia (Amanda Donohoe)
1. Hairy underarms are apparently more popular in the U. K., then they are here in the U.S.

2. She's dead. She's alive. She's dead. She's alive. She's dead. She's alive.
She's dead. She fell to her death. She's alive. She was swallowed by the white worm.
She's dead. She was swallowed by the white worm. She's alive. It was killed by a hand grenade.
She's dead. She was killed by a hand grenade. She's alive. Being swallowed by the white worm protected her from the hand grenade.
If she stopped the loss of blood from her severed hand, then it is possible that she is still alive.

Kevin (Chris Pitt)
1. He's not only merely dead, he's really most sincerely dead. But, as it appears that it takes almost year for the white worm to digest what it swallows, and since he was swallowed much less than an year ago, it is possible that there is enough of him remaining in the white worm--undigested--that his body can be identified as a victim of Sylvia and the white worm.

James (Hugh Grant)
1. I have actually thought the scene with him on the plane, watching the two stewardesses wrestle, while holding a pen in his lap, is actually restrained. If it was less restrained, the scene would have the pen spouting ink.

2. While this may not be that common, this is not the 1st time I have seen this in an English work of fiction. When a gay man in England, wants to see whether another man is interested, he'll brush his hand across the other man's knee. And then the other man will respond in a way to show that he is interested or not interested. Thus, when both he and Angus are in the car, and he brushes his hand across Angus' knee, is James showing an interest in Angus? Has he always been interested in Angus, or is his interest a recent thing? Or, is his brushing his hand across Angus' knee, not deliberate, but accidental?

3. He smokes at the end of the film. I think this is the 1st time that we see him smoke. Actually, I think this is the 1st time we see anybody in the film smoke.

Next time: Eve, Angus, and miscellaneous.
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Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Re: It's the Little Things--in LOTWW--That Count
« Last post by Iain Fisher on November 27, 2018, 09:53:27 PM »
"Which is why Lisztomania is such a disappointment, as of all this films to date that I have seen, I consider that to be the one with the worst acting."

I agree, a film I just don't like, but there are many sincere Ken fans who think it is one of the classics.
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Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Re: Ken Russels Treasure Island
« Last post by Iain Fisher on November 27, 2018, 09:50:15 PM »
A while since I saw this.  Not Ken's best effort, I can't remember much of the film, but it will be worth watching again.
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