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Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Re: The Secret Life of Arnold Bax
« Last post by BoyScoutKevin on February 04, 2019, 09:02:10 PM »
Ken Russell
--good actor = good director. I was thinking of John Huston, but, the same thing could be said for Ken Russell.
--though, he does not look like Arnold Bax.
--I think this is the most time, he has spent in front of the camera.

Alec Guinness
--that photo you see of Alec Guiness in the film is him portraying Fagin in the 1948 version of Oliver Twist.
--I don't know how it was in 1948, but that portrayal has become somewhat controversial now, as it is regarded as being somewhat anti-semitic.

Glenda Jackson
--yes, that is Glenda Jackson at the start of the film.
--I should have recognized her sooner than I did.
--while she has since appeared on stage, this is her last film appearance.

Maurice Bush
--I knew that doorman looked familiar.
--while he had done more TV, than films, I have seen some of his work on TV.
--though, his most familiar role is in Star Wars : Episode V, where he plays one of the bounty hunters in the film.
--though, the character is more memorable than the actor's portrayal of him.
--this was also his last film role.

Sally Rand
--the Rand is quicker than the eye.
--I could never understand the appeal of fan dancing. Not then. Not now.
--I just don't find it erotic.

Next time: part 2 (27:30)

Beckett, Bond, Pinter discussion / Beckett's Footfalls and Play in London
« Last post by Iain Fisher on January 23, 2019, 01:44:02 AM »
Jack Theatre present a Beckett double bill of the Angel Theatre Company's Footfalls and Play.  They are on from 26 Feb- 9 Mar 2019.

"A ghostly figure paces a bare strip of landing outside her dying mother’s room…
Three identical urns contain a man, his wife and his mistress…
In Footfalls and Play Beckett offers a bleak, yet tragicomic, view of human existence."

After the performances on 26 Feb and 7 Mar, the director John Patterson will host a Q & A for audiences members.

Details are here
Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Re: classic widows
« Last post by Iain Fisher on January 20, 2019, 11:23:31 PM »
There was also a CD released, Ken Russel presents Classic Widows, which also helps raise the profile of the composers.
Sarah Kane discussion / Blasted in London
« Last post by Iain Fisher on January 20, 2019, 11:16:01 PM »
RADA present Blasted in cooperation with Graeae Theatre Company.  The performance integrates spoken English and British Sign Language.

It is on from 6-16 Feb 2019.  More details soon.
Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Re: classic widows
« Last post by BoyScoutKevin on January 20, 2019, 08:29:25 PM »
Nothing that I heard, I particularly liked.

He has the interest and more importantly, the influence, to bring this to the attention of the public, as this is something the public has most likely forgotten or never knew. Thus, this is most likely as important as any of his films.

Has there ever been a better love gift for a violinist than a violin concerto written specifically for that violinist. No never. Hardly ever.

Next time: more replies to another clip posted by Rosebud. Thank-you, Rosebud.
Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Re: classic widows
« Last post by BoyScoutKevin on January 15, 2019, 05:34:39 PM »
As so typically Russell, the title can be seen to have two meanings.
1st. As an adjective. Remarkably and instructively typical.
2nd. Again as an adjective, but this time to mean those women who were once married to now deceased classical musical composers.

The date of this? 1995 or thereabouts?

Which means, are any of the widows featured in this, still living?

To be continued . . .

Athol Fugard discussion / Blood Knot in London
« Last post by Iain Fisher on January 14, 2019, 11:18:43 PM »
Blood Knot will be performed at the Orange Tree Theatre, London from 8 Mar- 20 Apr 2019.  More details soon.
Steven Berkoff discussion / DVD of Six Actors in Search of a Director
« Last post by Iain Fisher on January 14, 2019, 11:15:38 PM »
Berkoff's 6 Actors in Search of a Director is now on DVD.  Details shortly.
Alongside the Pinter exhibition the British Library is hosting a talk between biographer Michael Billington and Pinter's widow Lady Antonia Fraser.

It is on 4 March 2019.  Details are here
Beckett, Bond, Pinter discussion / Pinter at the British Library
« Last post by Iain Fisher on January 14, 2019, 11:10:14 PM »
The British Library has ab exhibition on Pinter, described as "10 years on from the death of Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter, this display takes you back to the beginning of his playwriting career. From his final play Celebration to the early prose pieces that influenced his dramatic writing, reproductions of his manuscripts and archival photographs offer a glimpse into Pinter’s creative process. Find out which lines, words and images inspired his plays… and see the famous Pinter pause at work."

It is on from 11 Jan- 17 Mar 2019 and is free.
Details are here
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