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Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Ken Russell t shirt
« Last post by Iain Fisher on February 15, 2022, 06:13:58 PM »
A t shirt illustrated by Paul Cemmick



Details are here
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Athol Fugard discussion / The Island in Chicago
« Last post by Iain Fisher on February 08, 2022, 09:31:55 PM »
Court Theatre, the professional theatre of the University of Chicago, present The Island.  The director is Gabrielle Randle-Bent.  It runs from 11 Nov- 4 Dec 2022.  More details are here

http://www.iainfisher.com/fugard/fugard-news.html

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Sarah Kane discussion / Re: Sarah Kane: Queer desires and feminist continuums
« Last post by Iain Fisher on February 06, 2022, 09:00:22 PM »
The book now has a publication date  of 15 Jun 2023 according to Amazon
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Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / "Movies I Want to Watch (old releases)"
« Last post by Iain Fisher on January 22, 2022, 01:07:49 AM »
I just came across this list on Film Affinity by alta of "Movies I Want to Watch (old releases)".

His top five are Louse of Usher, Mindbender, Whore, The Rainbow and Altered States,  The rest are non-Ken films.  I like this guy !!!  And a nice eclectic choice.

The full list is here
https://www.filmaffinity.com/us/userlist.php?user_id=1964868&list_id=201&swv=1
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Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Tommy in Berlin
« Last post by Iain Fisher on January 20, 2022, 02:57:10 PM »
Tommy is shown as part of Berlinale 2022 between 10-22 Feb 2022.  Details are here
http://www.iainfisher.com/russell/ken-russell-news.html



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Steven Berkoff discussion / Jigsaw Puzzle
« Last post by Iain Fisher on January 13, 2022, 06:53:32 PM »
A jigsaw puzzle from Konga with Berkoff !!!

It is from the Media Storehouse, but only for Australian customers
https://www.mediastorehouse.com.au/studiocanal/konga-1961/young-steven-berkoff-scene-konga-14765748.html?prodid=80906





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Steven Berkoff discussion / A Steven Berkoff Quiz
« Last post by Iain Fisher on January 11, 2022, 11:57:11 PM »
An enjoyable quiz, I got 10/10 (!!!) but  one question (Russian generals) I guessed, as I only knew one off my head.

https://www.funtrivia.com/trivia-quiz/Celebrities/Steven-Berkoff-288701.html
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One of the films not nominated for an Oscar was Ken's The Devils:

"What kind of Academy would have nominated The Devils for best picture? A bold Academy. A brave Academy. An Academy willing and able to grapple with the putrid rot of history, imperfect idealism, and sanctimonious authority. Make no mistake, The Devils’ reputation precedes it, haunting charges of obscenity perhaps best summed up by critic Judith Crist’s condemnation of the film as a “grand fiesta for sadists and perverts.” The Devils is a harsh film with harsh subject matter. Historically, the Oscars tend to avoid anything with especially pointy edges, no matter how well-realized, performed, or acute in their criticisms. It’s true that the Academy has nominated, and even awarded, an X-rated film in the past. But the similarities between 1969’s Midnight Cowboy and Ken Russell’s political parable stop and start at their MPAA designation. The Devils is one of the most searing and upsetting visions of political corruption that’s ever been committed to celluloid. It is a genuinely dangerous piece of art. And I’m not sure the Academy really does danger"

The summary is by Meg Shields.

Other films on the list include:
  • Martin Scorsese Silence (2016) - Scorsese was neglected by the Oscars for a long time
  • James Whale Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
  • Michael Powell Peeping Tom (1960)
  • Paul Thomas Anderson Magnolia (1999)
  • Carol Reed The Third Man (1949), written as a filmscript (and later novelised) by Graham Greene
  • David Lean Brief Encounter (1945), based on a short play by Noel Coward
  • Alfred Hitchcock Vertigo (1958), not my favourite Hitchcock but worthy.  Of his 50+ films none won the Best Picture Oscar
  • Ridley Scott Blade Runner (1982) and Alien (1979)
  • Stanley Kubrick The Shining (1980) - horror films and sci-fi have little chance at the Oscars

I've missed out foreign language films as they would not even have been seriously considered for best film.

Dubious ones listed for Best film
  • The Fly (1986 - the original from 1958 is much better
  • Die Hard (1988) – a good fun film but not Oscar level
  • Planet of the Apes (1968) - as for Die Hard

The article is on the FSR website
https://filmschoolrejects.com/movies-not-nominated-best-picture/
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Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / Flipping the script on Britishness
« Last post by Iain Fisher on January 04, 2022, 10:23:50 PM »
Photos from an overlooked photo archive "images of Windrush arrivals and jazz club romances challenge the traditional narrative about what it means to be British".

Interesting photos including "London by Ken Russell, 1954... street scenes of the 1950s.

More details are here
http://www.iainfisher.com/russell/ken-russell-news.html




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Savage Messiah: Ken Russell / most hated book
« Last post by Iain Fisher on December 29, 2021, 03:39:31 AM »
Famous Brits pick their most-hated books, by Mark Frauenfelder, 27 Dec 2021

Ken's choice is Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

"It has a huge reputation as a masterpiece, but I found it to be a fascist tirade about how wonderful American tycoons are in business. Still, it is very cleverly written."

The article is here
https://boingboing.net/2021/12/27/famous-brits-pick-their-most-hated-books.html

Sam Jordison in The Guardian 27 Mar 2019 says "Ayn Rand's libertarian rant is unpleasant, daft and deeply flawed. I hated it - but I couldn't put it down"
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