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General discussion / Re: site update
« Last post by Iain Fisher on August 20, 2017, 10:21:22 PM »
Updated to 2.0.14.  If there are problems let me know
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Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Ken Russell season in Armenia
« Last post by Iain Fisher on August 19, 2017, 09:01:22 PM »
Lots of Ken Russell films in Yerevan, Armenia from 2-30 Sept 2017.

The films are Elgar, Always on Sunday, The Debussy Film, Isadora Duncan, Dante's Inferno and Song of Summer.

More details are here http://iainfisher.com/russell/ken-russell-news.html
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A rare chance to see Daqhling You Were Marvellous and also The Trial at the Edinburgh Festival.

Details are here
http://www.iainfisher.com/berkoff/berkoff-news.html



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You can get in online dubbed into Russian, but unless you speak Russian it won't help you too much.
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Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Tommy on BBC2
« Last post by Iain Fisher on August 18, 2017, 08:54:04 PM »
Tommy is on BBC2 on Sunday !!!!
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Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Re: Guest Selection : Lair of the White Worm
« Last post by BoyScoutKevin on August 13, 2017, 09:11:51 PM »
Continuing . . .

Expectations
He does the unexpected.
He does the expected. The dance sequence is pure Ken.

Foreshadowing
Huge illogical leaps o'er some needed revealing scenes.
The music tells one what to expect ahead of time on some jump scares.

Length
It is too short, especially for a film based on a novel.
It is the right length.

Pacing
Off
On

To be continued . . .

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Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Re: Please, help me to find in Net some Ken's films!
« Last post by Max on August 12, 2017, 12:25:55 AM »
Hi there, I'm keen to get hold of a copy of The Insatiable Mrs Kirsch, I can't seem to find it anywhere! Can you help me?

Thanks

Max

It looks like this thread is at least a couple years old. Hoping it might still have some followers...

I am also a devout fan of Ken Russell. Through YouTube, Amazon, Torrents, etc. —I have managed to track down the following films of his, and am willing to share for those interested:

Knights on Bikes (1956)
Peepshow (1956)
Amelia and the Angel (1958)
Variations on a Mechanical Theme (1959)
A House in Bayswater (1960)
Shelagh Delaney's Salford (1960)
Antonio Gaudi (1961)
Elgar: Portrait of a Composer (1962)
The Preservation Man (1962)
French Dressing (1964)
Always on a Sunday (1965)
The Debussy Film (1965)
Isadora: The Biggest Dancer in the World (1966)
Billion Dollar Brain (1967)
Dante's Inferno (1967)
Ken Russell In Conversation (1967)
Song of Summer: Frederick Delius (1968)
Women in Love (1969)
Dance of the Seven Veils (1970)
The Music Lovers (1970)
The Boyfriend (1971)
The Devils [uncensored] (1971)
Savage Messiah (1972)
Mahler (1974)
Tommy: The Movie (1975)
Lisztomania (1975)
Valentino (1977)
Altered States (1980)
Ken Russell's View of the Planets (1983)
Crimes of Passion (1984)
Gothic (1986)
Aria (1987)
The Lair of the White Worm (1988)
Various Music Videos (1980s)
Salome's Last Dance (1988)
A British Picture: Portrait of an Enfant Terrible (1989)
The Rainbow (1989)
The Strange Affliction of Anton Bruckner (1990)
The Mystery of Dr. Martinu (1991)
Prisoner of Honor (1991)
Whore (1991)
Lady Chatterley (1993)
The Insatiable Mrs. Kirsch (1995)
Mindbenders (1996)
The Fall of the Louse of Usher (2002)
A Kitten for Hitler (2007)
Trapped Ashes (2008)

I would be so grateful for any of his films any of you might have access to. Thank you! :)
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Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Re: Guest Selection : Lair of the White Worm
« Last post by BoyScoutKevin on August 02, 2017, 11:34:17 PM »
Continuing . . .

Comedy
It is not a comedy and it is not funny.
It is a comedy and it is funny, especially the scout's seduction.

Female murderess. Male victim. Obvious is the boldness with which Ken approaches this scene. Whereas, most of the victims in other such scenes are adult males, here we have one of the few victims who is still a male child. Less obvious--perhaps--is Ken's skill as a screenwriter. His scene is much better written (IMHO) than similar scenes in other films.

Details
No explanation as to the detail of how a mongoose and a grenade were obtained in that one scene.
The tree in another scene is an apple tree, as if from the Garden of Eden.

Editing
Sloppy
Impeccable comic timing with the Dionin paen interrupted by the doorbell.

Editing, Too
It has an Alice in Wonderland quality to it.
The editing is realistic.

To be continued . . .
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Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Re: Guest Selection : Lair of the White Worm
« Last post by BoyScoutKevin on July 24, 2017, 10:48:00 PM »
Continuing . . .

Appeal
His films appeal to adult females.
This film with Amanda Donohoe appeals to males, especially younger males.

Atypical and typical
The internal logic is illogical. It is hard to tell if it is a Ken film.
The sex with violence is typical. Easy to tell it is a Ken film. Embrace the illogic.

Britishness
Makes it difficult for Americans to understand it.
Makes it interesting for Americans to try to understand it.

Camp
It needs to be more camp.
It needs to be less camp.

To be continued . . .

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Sarah Kane discussion / 4.48 Psychosis in Australia, July 2017
« Last post by Iain Fisher on July 18, 2017, 10:59:44 PM »
4.48 Psychosis is performed in Australia from 16 August to 9 September 2017.

Workhorse Theatre Company present 4.48 Psychosis at the Old Fitz Theatre in Sydney.  The actors are Lucy Heffernan, Ella Prince and Zoe Trilsbach-Harrison and the director is Anthony Skuse.

Details are here:
http://iainfisher.com/kane/eng/sarah-kane-news.html


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