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Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Re: Lisztomania
« Last post by Iain Fisher on July 08, 2020, 09:19:23 PM »
It is Ringo's birthday and for Newsweek they look at Ringo in Lisztomania and the alleged reaction of the Vatican.

"Starr's beef with the Vatican goes way back since the '70s. In 1975, Starr played The Pope in writer/director Ken Russell's musical film, Liztomania. In the film, in order to get married, Liszt (Roger Daltry) and Carolyn (Sara Kestelman) travel to the Vatican to get her divorce approved. During their meeting, the fictional pope said, "Truth is stranger than fiction? We've kept going for two thousand years on that one.""

Not sure Ringo really has a beef with the Vatican, and also not sure if they are aware of Lisztomania, but happy to celebrate Ringo.

The Newsweek article is by Jorge Solis, 7 July 2020
https://www.newsweek.com/his-birthday-lets-remember-time-ringo-starr-dissed-pope-1515931
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Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Re: "Pop Goes the Easel"
« Last post by Iain Fisher on July 07, 2020, 07:16:24 PM »
More on Pop Goes the Easel in a book on the development of pop art.  It is a review by Julia Sutherland in the Financial Times on 7 July 2020.  The book is London’s New Scene: Art and Culture in the 1960s by Lisa Tickner.

"And 1962’s seminal Pop art documentary, Pop Goes the Easel, made by Ken Russell for the BBC arts strand Monitor, was building on what was already becoming a strong theme: “old” art was dead, and some younger British artists, rather than following the Abstract Expressionism of their American forebears of the previous decade, were making art from the stuff of everyday life around them — the imagery of mass consumption, anything from pinball machines to Kellogg’s cereal packets.

Of the four chosen artists, only one — Peter Blake — is a household name today. Derek Boshier and Peter Phillips are less well known; the sole woman in the group, Pauline Boty, has had a belated rediscovery. She died of cancer at only 28, so it’s hard to say what her career would have been: this book, though, gives a tantalising glimpse of a very young artist cleverly and deliberately playing with her own sexuality (as a provocative bottle-blonde) to challenge the norms of the time."

The full article is here
https://www.ft.com/content/3c4d3034-b050-4eba-94f5-d51299adf36b

Also see the website for the film and the artists including an alternative view.
http://www.iainfisher.com/russell/ken-russell-tv-monitor-classics.html

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Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Ken Russell on Netflix The Crown
« Last post by Iain Fisher on July 03, 2020, 11:51:58 PM »
Netflix has a series The Crown about Queen Elizabeth II.  It is based on facts but with actors turning it into a drama.

In Series 2 episode 3 Princess Margaret, the Queen's sister, is at a party talking to photographer Lord Snowden (as he became), and one of the guests she is told, is "Ken Russell, the TV documentary filmmaker from the BBC".  It would be around 1958, when Ken didn't actually work for the BBC, but it fits with the atmosphere of the film.

You can see Lord Snowden's photo of Ken Russell here
https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw241931/Ken-Russell?set=502%3BSnowdon+Portraits%3A+photographs&search=ap&rNo=13
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Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Happy birthday Ken
« Last post by Iain Fisher on July 03, 2020, 07:13:00 PM »
We are still discovering your films
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Sarah Kane discussion / Re: 4.48 Psychosis online
« Last post by Iain Fisher on July 01, 2020, 05:10:18 PM »
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There are two types of censorship on the film.  There is the "rape of Christ" sequence which was removed before the film was released.   Then there is some minor censorship where some short torture sequences were removed- nowadays these do not seem extreme at all.

The version with the torture sequences restored is available.  There is no official release where the censored Christ sequence is restored to the film.    The Devils DVD Special Edition DVD (with the Mark Kermode commentary) includes the sequence as a separate extra, and the original torture sequence is back in the film.  This DVD edition is highly recommended.

There have been some bootleg copies on ebay where the rape sequence has been crudely inserted into the film.  I don't particularly recommend this.

To be honest I am happy seeing the special edition, and glad to see the extras.  And if anyone hasn't seen the film, don't let the discussion of torture put you off.  It is a beautiful film, and the violence is neither exploitative or gory.
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Steven Berkoff discussion / Berkoff as Nixon
« Last post by Iain Fisher on June 17, 2020, 07:20:25 PM »
Adam Donen presents and audio drama Nixon in Agony, with Steven playing Nixon.

It is described as " Donen’s Nixon in Agony, an audio drama made to be experienced digitally via stereo headphones, will enjoy its world premiere at the virtual National Arts Festival. 
The work stars stage and cinema legend Steven Berkoff as Richard Nixon, and features a Grammy award-winning production team.  It tells the story of US President Richard Nixon’s last night in the White House, descending into madness.  The audience are placed inside Nixon’s head using psychoacoustic and binaural effects, where every self-justification, every rambling excuse, and the vitriol of every critic echoes."

It will be heard at the virtual National Arts Festival in South Africa, though it is not yet on their website.
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Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Ken's Women in Love comic
« Last post by Iain Fisher on June 08, 2020, 09:39:57 PM »
Broken Frontier have published a comic book "Was it… Too Much for You?" by Danny Noble.  It is described as "a world of nudity and slapstick surrealism inspired by Ken Russell’s film adaptation of Women in Love" and "“In 1969 Mr. Oliver Reed met Mr. Alan Bates in the film Women in Love. When they wrestled naked in front of a roaring fire the frisson was so great that they have been unable to dress themselves since. This is their story…”.

I've ordered it so when I get it I will post more.

You can buy it here
https://mundymorning.bigcartel.com/



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Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Re: Please, help me to find in Net some Ken's films!
« Last post by samoo on June 08, 2020, 06:27:19 PM »
Hi, do you still have the uncensored version of "The Devils", I've been searching this film for quite a while and it would be awesome to watch it!


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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Sarah Kane discussion / Blasted: The Life and Death of Sarah Kane radio play
« Last post by Iain Fisher on June 08, 2020, 12:02:46 AM »
Blasted: The Life and Death of Sarah Kane is a BBCC radio programme by Dan Rebellato from 2009.  It includes an excerpt from a Sarah Kane interview.

You can listen to it here:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/b00hlbp2
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