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Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / The Secret Life of Arnold Bax
« Last post by Rosebud on November 26, 2018, 06:54:31 PM »
I found "The Secret Life of Arnold Bax."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3srBobRq6Cw&t=184s
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Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Re: It's the Little Things--in LOTWW--That Count
« Last post by BoyScoutKevin on November 21, 2018, 05:24:12 PM »
Concluding . . .
Le Repaire du Ver Blanc
(minutes 76 - 90)

Erny (Paul Brooke)
a. Would he really, when he tripped o'er Angus' bagpipes and fell backward, have hit the sundial with enough force to penetrate his skull, which is one of the hardest bones in the body, and then caused the loss of his eye?

b. Acting
Really, if one looks at the scene, one sees what a good actor he can be. If he was any less of an actor, the scene of him being charmed by Angus playing the bagpipes, would be even more ridiculous than it already is.

Angus (Peter Capaldi)
a. Maybe it is possible, but seemingly note that he dials only a 5-digit number on the phone at Temple House to reach D'Ampton Manor.

Ken (director)
Absurdity
a. He often bumps up against absurdity in the film, but, he is such a good director and writer (IMHO) he seldom crosses the line o'er into absurdity territory.

Next time: Le Repaire du Ver Blanc (minutes 91 - finis)
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Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Re: It's the Little Things--in LOTWW--That Count
« Last post by BoyScoutKevin on November 15, 2018, 07:45:08 PM »
Continuing . . .
Le Repaire du Ver Blanc
(minutes 76 - 90)

Sylvia (Amanda Donohoe)
a. Why did she not see Angus and Mary, when she was called out from Temple House to D'Ampton Manor by the snake charming music? She was not that far away from them, when she left Temple House. Of course, maybe she was so hypnotized by the music, that she could only concentrate on the music, like snakes,  when they are--supposedly--charmed by music.

Mary (Sammi Davis)
a. Touch
Spray
Bite

Here we have an hallucination brought on by being bitten. Unlike Eve's whose hallucinations are brought upon by touching and being sprayed by snake venom.

b. Her being bitten is actually one of the 1st times, in a film, that we see one woman being bitten by another woman.

c. Why does she run to where she does? She runs away from Erny, then she runs back toward Erny, and then she runs into a place, where she can be trapped by Erny.

James (Hugh Grant)
a. How proverbial English? Note that he has a dart board in his home.

To be continued . . .

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Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Re: BFI's "10 Great films about sex"
« Last post by Stefano on November 08, 2018, 09:59:59 PM »
Thank you for the list, a very interesting one!
Very happy to see they put in Jan Svankmajer's "Conspirators of Pleasure", a true surreal masterpiece. I have to admit I have never seen "Crimes of Passion" and it's definitely time to see it now.
Sorry to see they didn't mention Ken's "The Devils" or the first Paul Verhoeven's Dutch movies (such as "Turks Fruit").
I wasn't very impressed by "9 Songs" either.
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Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Re: BFI's "10 Great films about sex"
« Last post by BoyScoutKevin on November 07, 2018, 05:49:29 PM »
Well, that is 5 more than I have seen. Though, as I understand you need a strong stomach to watch some of these, especially Salo. You could actually come up with 10 films just by Ken himself. Maybe not all of these are great, but they are about sex in some small part or the other. Including Crimes of Passion, they'd include . . .

01. Women in Love
02. The Music Lovers
03. The Devils
04. Valentino
05. Crimes of Passion
06. Gothic
07. Salome's Last Dance
08. The Lair of the White Worm
09. The Rainbow
10. Whore
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Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Re: It's the Little Things--in LOTWW--That Count
« Last post by BoyScoutKevin on November 07, 2018, 05:34:45 PM »
Le Repaire du Ver Blanc
(minutes 76-90)

D'Ampton Manor
a. The one with the up to date electronics: the computer, the cell phone. Now compare this with the more primitive rotary phones at Mercy Farm and Temple House.

Mercy Farm
a. Note the deer antler coatrack and hat rack. Who's the hunter in the family? Probably the missing father of the 2 girls: Eve and Mary.

Temple House
a. Who or what controls the gate at the entrance to Temple House? When Sylvia pulls up, with Kevin, in her car, one can presume that there is a device in the car, that when operated, opens and closes the gates, but, when Mary runs toward the gates, and they close on her, there is nothing or no one to be seen near the gates.

To be continued . . .


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Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / BFI's "10 Great films about sex"
« Last post by Iain Fisher on November 04, 2018, 06:46:38 PM »
The British Film Institute has come up with the a list of Great films about sex, then asked people to name ones they missed.  Number 3 on this is Crimes of Passion.

1 In the Realm of the Senses (1976)
2 Last Tango in Paris (1972)
3 Crimes of Passion (1984)
4 Crash (1996)
5 Conspirators of Pleasure (1996)
6 The War Zone (1999)
7 9 Songs (2004)
8 Shortbus (2006)
9 Turn Me On, Dammit! (2011)
10 Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975)

Some very good films in the list- Pasolini's Salo, Bertolucci's Last Tango, Oshima's Senses, Cronenberg's Crash as well as Ken's Crimes- a nice international mix.  I've also seen but not been too impressed by 9 Songs, and don't know the others.

The details are here
https://www.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/news-bfi/lists/10-great-films-about-sex
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