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Ken Russell Portrait of a Maverick film
« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2019, 07:44:14 PM »
Ken Russell Portrait of a Maverick is a documentary by Chris Wade. The film gives an overview of Ken’s childhood and career, and has interviews with Xavier Russell (Ken’s son who edited some of Ken’s films), Judith Paris, Emma Millions and (voice only) Scott Antony.

Xavier gives some good insight into Ken’s working such as how he edits.  He also mentions the friendship between Ken and Coppola, and Scorsese (who would send Ken copies of his latest films), as well as Fellini’s admiration of Ken.  He also mentions Ken’s mixed feelings about Kubrick.

Judith Paris brings out how devoted she is to the work of Ken and mentions his insistence on lots of takes.  As well as in films, she worked with Ken in the theatre.

Emma Millions covers the last films of Ken.  She gives examples of Ken’s inventiveness such as when they had to find a way of portraying a castle collapsing (The Fall of the Louse of Usher) and he came up with the idea of using a bouncy castle.  She also touchingly tells how she burst into tears when she overheard someone say Ken had just died.

The film is just over 55 minutes.  You can buy the DVD or the download here
http://wisdomtwinsbooks.weebly.com/documentaries.html
The site has a short online trailer you can watch.

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