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Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Blue Blood
« Last post by Iain Fisher on April 14, 2018, 10:24:26 PM »
Just watched Blue Blood, a film from 1974 with Oliver Reed.  Not recommended, a poor film with poor acting, but states under "trivia" that in Italy it was promoted as a sequel to The Devils.

Other than Oliver Reed there is no connection, it is more like a poor copy of The Servant with Dirk Bogart with supernatural elements added, not very convincingly, Hammer Horror style.
Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Re: The most controversial films of all time
« Last post by BoyScoutKevin on April 11, 2018, 12:04:53 AM »
I have seen three of the films listed.

The Last Temptation of Christ
Song of the South
and The Devils.

And while they may be controversial, I would actually describe them as being as good or even better than many films that are less controversial.

The rest of the films, while I am somewhat aware of them, I have yet to see any of them. Thus, I feel in no position to talk about their quality or lack thereof.
Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Re: Lisztomania
« Last post by BoyScoutKevin on April 10, 2018, 11:57:19 PM »
Final thoughts

Who and why did they green lit this film? Despite all the talent involved, certainly, they must have realized this, from the script, would never fly, but crash and burn. And if it was approved without a script, it goes to show that most films should not be approved without a workable script being available.

How disappointed everyone must have been. Ken comes off one of his best films in Tommy only to go into one of his worst films in this.

If a director has a bad film, it comes early in their career, when they are still somewhat inexperienced or later in their career. If one looks at what is considered Ken's best and worst films, he has a long "later in their career." For while he would continue to make films for another 3 decades, his last good film is considered to be Tommy, which he made back in 1975.
Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Re: Scottish Painters
« Last post by Iain Fisher on April 10, 2018, 12:02:02 AM »
Just discovered a good version online
Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Re: Ken Russell day in Deptford, UK
« Last post by Iain Fisher on April 09, 2018, 11:59:10 PM »
I'm not yet sure if I can make it.
I got my copy.  Agreed A British Picture is poorer quality (in terms of restoration) but it is great it is on official DVD, and it is a good overview of his career.  I enjoyed watching it again.

Lots of extras, still working through them, and still to actually watch Women in Love again !!!

I hope Criterion do more of Ken's films, with extras.

Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / The most controversial films of all time
« Last post by Iain Fisher on March 31, 2018, 11:25:58 PM »
A list by Grunge:
  • Cannibal Holocaust- not very well filmed and pretty bad
  • The Birth of a Nation- a classic film, but the Ku Klux Klan coming to save the women from the negroes is hard to take
  • The Last House on the Left- Wes Craven, and a reasonable film
  • Natural Born Killers- Oliver Stone with a Tarantino script, beautifully filmed.  When the vioence starts to become too much it switches to cartoon format
  • A Serbian Film- I don't know it
  • The Last Temptation of Christ- Martin Scorsese.  A good film but not one I would particularly be interested in seeing again, unlike other Scorsese films
  • The Human Centipede II- I hope never to see this again (or I or III)
  • Lifr of Brian- Monty Python and only mildly controversial
  • Song of the South- I don't know it
  • and top of the list- The Devils.  An interesting quote from the article "Desperate to calm the reaction, the studio ordered countless cuts to the already expensive movie, slicing out so many key sequences that few people today have ever seen the original cut. However, various versions of the film have survived, going on to inspire contemporary filmmakers like Guillermo Del Toro and Joe Dante"

The article is here

Athol Fugard discussion / Fugard's house for sale
« Last post by Iain Fisher on March 31, 2018, 08:10:13 PM »
You have a chance to buy Athol Fugard's house in Nieu-Bethesda, South Africa.

"This 1890 home of Athol Fugard... consists of 3 bedrooms, lounge & dining room, 1 bathroom, kitchen and a store room. The bathroom has a bath with a shower in it. There are Oregon wood floors & ceilings in most rooms. It also has a fireplace and a wood stove included for the cold winter nights. The lounge has a double door going out on the back veranda... The house is situated on one of two erfs - 617 square meters each. Both are included in the price."

The asking price is R 1,100,000.  For details see here
Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Re: Ken Russell day in Deptford, UK
« Last post by BoyScoutKevin on March 29, 2018, 11:30:00 PM »
Deptford Cinema have a full day devoted to Ken on 26 May 2018.  There will be two films, Gothic and Altered States.

Stephen Volk, who wrote the Gothic screenplay will give a Q&A session, and Altered States will be introduced and discussed by Dr Matt Melia, Senior Lecturer in film and television at Kingston University.  The day will also include "a Ken Russell Quiz, prizes and other surprises and treats (to be revealed)".

Details are here

A little far for me to go, but is anybody planning on attending? If so, it'd be nice to get a report on the event from someone who was there.
Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Re: Lisztomania
« Last post by BoyScoutKevin on March 29, 2018, 11:26:35 PM »
Ken Russell - Interview

Upon its, apparent, 1st release to DVD,, in 2009, did an interview with Ken Russell about his film Lisztomania. I don't know whether the interview taught us anything we did not already know, such as Lisztomania is very much a Ken Russell film. What we do see that even in 2009, Ken was ailing very badly and had to use a cane to get around. Nor does it help that Ken's voice was very weak at this time, and it was very hard to hear his answers to the interviewer's questions.

Next time: final thoughts on Lisztomania.
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