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Sarah Kane discussion / 4.48 Psychosis in London July 2017
« Last post by Iain Fisher on June 21, 2017, 11:23:02 PM »
Angel Theatre Company present 4.48 Psychosis at the Barons Court Theatre from 4-8 July 2017.

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

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Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Re: Ken Russell in Print
« Last post by BoyScoutKevin on June 21, 2017, 07:35:59 PM »
Tommy : Ken Russell : the Who : Pocket Movie Guide
2015

Ranks in the top 3 of Ken's films

Every element comes together beautifully, and everyone seems to be working at their best.

Yet it divides viewers, music fans, and critics.

As with many of Ken's films, many hate it, and many love it. (I love it.)

It is . . .
--over the top
--silly
--wild
--dynamic
--primitive
--glitzy
--violent
Just like Ken.

It is also . . .
proudly and bizarrely English
parochial and provincial
perverse and kinky
and shrill and hysterical.

To be continued . . .
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Athol Fugard discussion / Re: The Island in London
« Last post by Iain Fisher on June 21, 2017, 12:12:56 AM »
A highly recommended performance by Edward Dede and Mark Springer.

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

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Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Valentino updates
« Last post by Iain Fisher on June 17, 2017, 03:23:58 PM »
The site section on Valentino has been updated
www.iainfisher.com/russell/ken-russell-film-valentino.html
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Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Re: Ken Russell in Print
« Last post by BoyScoutKevin on June 10, 2017, 09:14:27 PM »
Continuing with . . .

The Authorized Biography of Ken Russell
v. 1. Becoming Ken Russell
Paul Sutton
2013

The British film would make a good tragedy, as it went from enough money in the hands of people who knew films and cared about films into the hands of people with too little money, too little knowledge of films, and who cared even less about films. Of course, it'd would need to be directed by Ken Russell.

Ken expresses his fondness for the talents of Danny Boyle and Timothy Spall.

In 1912, Ken Russell's father worked on the Titanic between Southampton and Isle of Wight, where he got off. If he had not gotten off, then there might not have been a Ken Russell.

Ken wanted to do . . .
Pretty Boy Floyd with Gabriel Byrne and Matt Damon.
Ken wanted to do . . .
Edgar Allan Poe with Roger Daltrey

His cottage in the New Forest dated back to the 16th century and lasted to 2006, when it burnt down.

Paul Sutton's biography of Ken Russell is suppose to be 5 volumes, when it is finished.

Next time: Tommy : Ken Russell : the Who : Pocket Movie Guide
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Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Re: Ken Russell in Print
« Last post by BoyScoutKevin on June 03, 2017, 11:15:37 PM »
Continuing with . . .

Ken Russell on Screen
Chris Wade
2017

5 seconds into one of Ken's films, one knew it was a Ken film.

Billion $ Brain
--an early misstep

Women in Love
--Ken found his footing.

The Devils
--He came into a class of his own.

Tommy
--a re-definition of the musical

Altered States
--psychedelic sci-fi

Crimes of Passion
--psycho thriller

Gothic and Lair of the White Worm
--bonkers horror films

To be continued
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Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Re: Ken Russell in Print
« Last post by BoyScoutKevin on May 23, 2017, 07:16:10 PM »
Continuing . . .

Similarities
D. H. Lawrence
and Ken Russell

"Reading Lawrence can be difficult."
Watching Russell can be difficult.

"You have to be in the mood for Lawrence."
You have to be in the mood for Russell.

"People either love him or hate him."
People either love or hate Russell.

"He [Lawrence] fills most of his novels with sex."
Russell fills most of his films with sex.

And both Lawrence and Russell were ahead of their time.
Only later did readers appreciate Lawrence's skills as a writer,
and it took almost 29 years (1988 to 2017) for critics to appreciate Russell's Lair of the White Worm, or for it to go from Rotten to Fresh, as such things are measured.

Next time: a continuation of this or something new.
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Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Re: Ken Russell in Print
« Last post by BoyScoutKevin on May 19, 2017, 12:46:09 AM »
Women in Love : Ken Russell : D. H. Lawrence : Pocket Movie Guide.
2015

Lawrence's popularity in cinema was really launched by Russell's 1969 version of Women in Love.

Women in Love was not the only D. H. Lawrence work filmed by Russell. Russell did a TV miniseries of Lady Chatterley's Lover called Lady Chatterley in 1993 and a big screen film version of Lawrence's The Rainbow in 1989.

Both Lawrence and Russell attacked the institutions of the Church and religion.

Next time: similarities between Lawrence and Russell.
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Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Re: Ken Russell in Print
« Last post by BoyScoutKevin on May 09, 2017, 07:55:10 PM »
Continuing . . .

Lindsay Anderson's thoughts on Ken Russell. Both of whom worked on the TV movie "Prisoner of Honor" on HBO.

He admired Ken's ability to get a film made.

He was impressed by Ken's confidence.

And he thought Ken was a visual director, but not an actor's director.

To be continued . . .
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Anybody attend?

Attend? Any thoughts? On the film or the program or Lisi Tribble's Q&A?
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