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Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Re: Portrait of a Goon online
« Last post by Rosebud on September 11, 2019, 07:56:00 AM »
Thanks so much for sharing Iain.  I've been wanting to see this for many years now.  Definitely, not one of his best, but still quite impressive and inventive, especially compared to the crap being made today.
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Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Amelia and the Angel online
« Last post by Iain Fisher on September 10, 2019, 11:12:04 PM »
Suddenly a lot of Ken stuff.  As well as Portrait of a Goon, the BFI now have Ken's amateur film Amelia and the Angel online
"A young angel scours London for her wings in this tender short by the young Ken Russell"

The film is here https://player.bfi.org.uk/free/film/watch-amelia-and-the-angel-1958-online

A short and sublime film, really beautiful.  Made in 1958 and 26 minutes lomg.  Spot Ken in a cameo, the passer-by the girl runs into.
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Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Portrait of a Goon online
« Last post by Iain Fisher on September 10, 2019, 08:20:18 PM »
Ken's early television film Spike Milligan, Portrait of a Goon is now online

https://www.bbc.co.uk/archive/spike-milligan-portrait-of-a-goon/znbkbdm

Spike Milligan was a famous British comedian, who wrote the cult radio series The Goon Show.  Ken's film consists of Milligan talking to camera, mainly reflective rather than funny, with some madcap interludes.  Not one of his best films, but still good to see it.

It was broadcast on 6 Dec 1959 and lasts just over 9 minutes.

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Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Tommy at the BFI in London
« Last post by Iain Fisher on September 10, 2019, 08:04:15 PM »
The British Film Institute are showing Tommy from 22-30 Nov 2019. 

"Ken Russell interprets The Who’s concept album as a mix of high-energy kitsch and darker psychological nightmare."

But "We have imported a print from France for these screenings as there is no longer a good print available in this country. The print will have French subtitles which we hope will not impair your enjoyment."  Sad there is no good print available in the UK.

Details are here
www.bfi.org.uk
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Sarah Kane discussion / Kane inspired "When The Dark Hits Me" in Malaysia
« Last post by Iain Fisher on September 01, 2019, 08:09:01 PM »
A Kane inspired play in Malaysia

"When The Dark Hits Me is inspired by the late British contemporary playwright Sarah Kane’s work 4.48 Psychosis. There is no specific plot in this play, which is a type of stream of consciousness drama. The main story is about a mental illness patient’s inner struggle. He is surrounded by medical staff all day long. In the process, he has not been really understood. This is his sincere confession to the world, conveying his love to people in an extremely cruel way."

The performances are in the repurposed warehouse space of KongsiKL.  It is a graduation production by New Era University College’s Department of Drama & Visuals. Show is in Mandarin with English surtitles.

Details are here
https://www.star2.com/culture/2019/09/01/musical-stage-theatre-ballet-concert/

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I was expecting Tommy to be on the list as well.

Song of Summer is probably the perfect television film (and I'd put The Devils as Ken's perfect cinema film).  It is well worth watching.  The original started with some Laurel and Hardy footage, but this was later removed when the estate of Laurel and Hardy wanted royalties.  In the last DVD issue (by the British Film Institute I think) they added some silent era film (not Laurel and Hardy) which did just as well.
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I always find these lists interesting. As for how many I have seen, the answer is 0. And I am including, unfortunately, Song of Summer. Though, thinking about it, why is Tommy not on this list?
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Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / The 30 best films about music, chosen by musicians
« Last post by Iain Fisher on August 18, 2019, 03:14:35 PM »
The Observer newspaper got musicians to choose their favourite films about music.

Song of Summer (a tv programme not a film, but as it's Ken we can let it pass.  It was chosen by Neil Tennant of The Pet Shop Boys.  He describes it as “an elegiac film about the painful process of creating music and the end of a creative life. It’s very emotional, unsettling and moving. Delius is an incredibly tragic figure, both fragile and brutal. Russell was brilliant at creating images to accompany music.”

The list is mainly pop/rock music plus the odd county/ blues/ classical films included.  There are films based on people (The Doors by Oliver Stone, Out of Control (on Joy Division), Walk the Line (Jonny Cash), Bird (Charlie Parker), The Young Ones (Cliff Richard).  Documentaries included Amy (Amy Whitehouse), Cracked Actor (Bowie), 30th Century Man (Scott Walker), C*cksucker Blues (with a title like that it has to be The Rolling Stones), Woodstock, The Kids are Alright (The Who), Live at Pompei (Pink Floyd)..  Others include Cabaret and the magnificent This is Spinal Tap.

The article is here
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/aug/18/the-best-films-about-music-chosen-by-musicians-documentaries-concert-films-biopics
The interviews were carried out by Jude Rogers and Killian Fox.
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"When Ken asked me to play Franz Liszt in this next film Lisztomania, I though he was kidding".

"The script was only 57 pages long- the rest of it was deep inside Ken's terrifying head- and the dialogue was dreadful.  I could see what Ken wanted visually but I felt like I let him down.  Knowing what I know now, I would have changed every single word of it and made the character work".

What it is commendable that Daltrey takes the blame, the fault really lies (IMHO) with whoever decided to start the film without a finished script. That is really one of the cardinal rules of filmmaking: "Never start shooting a film without a finished script in hand."
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Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Re: The Mystery of Dr Martinu
« Last post by BoyScoutKevin on June 11, 2019, 10:47:57 PM »
Typical. Very typical.
--a little known composer
--humor
--anti-Nazi attitude

Interesting. Very interesting.
--the colors of the Czechoslovakian flag is the same as the American flag: red, white, and blue.
--his attitude toward Americans. One of the few times he depicts Americans in one of his films. And his attitude is not positive.
--his treatment of women.
--an anachronism that is not an anachronism
----table football was invented in 1921, so it is quite possible that it existed at the time this film occurs..

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