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An overview of Armitage´s career. He was Louis XIII in The Devils.
Melvyn Bragg and the South Bank
Show listings (Planets 1982, ABC 1987, A British Picture
1989, Bruckner 1990, Ken Russell 2000).
Concentrating on his Star Wars
on the composer of French Dressing and Women in Love, as well as the
subject ok Ken's Don't Shoot the Composer.
A fan site on Amanda Donohoe, sublime in The Lair of the White Worm, as well as The Rainbow.
The site includes the
full text of Ken Hanke´s article The Lair of the White
The lead vocalist of Gallon Drunk has a leading role in both The Fall of the Louse of Usher and the new Elgar.
|Glenda Jackson (link has gone)
An interview, which provides a good summary of Jackson's career in theatre.
"Acting is hard work, not
a mystical process. You clear the undergrowth, you get rid of the
stuff that isn’t useful, you discard the ideas that aren’t right.
You do everything you can, both physically and mentally, to be ready
for something else to happen. And that’s what a performance is."
|Glenda Jackson (link has gone)
Glenda Jackson the politician, now a Labour member of parliament.
gave up her career as an actress when she decided to seek selection as
a Labour candidate for the 1992 general election, "you can't be a
part-time MP anymore than you can be a part-time actress!"
|Derek Jarman (link has gone)
An interview with Jarman with some references to Russell.
"I'd worked for Ken
on these two big films they were so big that you couldn't
really get involved in a sense. I mean something as big
as The Devils; I just pop my head round the door in the
morning and then disappeared again".
A short biography of Jarman the director.
"This truth and
honesty is also a quality found in Jarman's films; he
eschewed the expense and contrivance of big-budget films
for the simplicity of Super8 stock. Even Jarman's most
expensive films were made at a fraction of the cost of
the cheapest Hollywood film".
Logue was an actor for Ken Russell (Richelieu in The Devils) and a scriptwriter (Savage Messiah). He is now best known as a poet.
The site of the classical composer. You can listen to his music for The Devils and The Boyfriend.
"It consists of
Davies's orchestrations of seven Sandy Wilson musical
numbers connected by new piano links, and ends with an
extended, newly composed section, Polly's
The official site of the Mediæval Bæbes, from Lion's Mouth and The Fall of the Louse of Usher.
The Unofficial Robert Powell site with an overview of his work. "[Tommy is] Crap!!!!!! When I told you that Mahler was the only beautiful film by Ken Russell is because it's true!"
Robert Powell, concentrating on Jesus of Nazareth.
A fan site including photos and some sound bites.
|Robert Powell interview
Very general mentioning Mahler in passing. It mentions Color Me Kubrick as his latest film- Ken has a cameo role in that. Thanks to Steve for the link.
Oliver Reed fan site.
"Elvaston is the place to go for Women In Love location heaven.
Peer through the ground floor window on the terrace and see the fireplace in front of which Ollie and Alan Bates wrestled so memorably. Have a wander around the lake and recall Ollie searching frantically for his lost sister. Go up to the first floor and walk around the room, the window seat of which Ollie sat in and looking out at the view as he kept his dying father company in the film.
Walk up the Great Avenue
and look at the east face of the castle as it appeared on
the day of the garden party, when Glenda Jackson as
Gudrun, said, "The Crich's are afraid we'll run
'orf' with the silver!""
Oliver Reed photos.
Tributes after his death:
Devils he displays a technical
range - a gift for oratory and the structured set speech
and an ability to sustain the harsh psychological scrutiny of the tight close-up - for which one would have
to go to Olivier in Spartacus
or Brando in Julius Caesar
Sheybal played the director in The Debussy Film and De Thrill in The Boyfriend.
Includes the detail that the computer voice in Billion Dollar Brain was
by Donald Sutherland.
The official site.
Wakeman´s own site including
details of his music, such as the soundtracks for
Lisztomania and Crimes of Passion.
An overview of Williams, cinematographer on Women in Love, The Rainbow and other Russell films:
"The opportunity I had to work on black-and-white documentaries and commercials was a great learning advantage. If you study paintings by the masters, although they are in color, you find that the artists used light and shadow to separate figures from the background. Black and white has a more interesting, almost three dimensional, perspective that allows the emphasis to be on what you want an audience to see. The actors' performances should always be the most important. As a cinematographer, if you can enhance that performance, then you are making a contribution to the picture"
and an interview:
"Looking back, did your work come from an aesthetic sense?
Well, I think some of it has to be within. I think it must have been ingrained in me because I've always been surrounded by moving images, but maybe I was born with some tiny talent as well. The fact that I'd been immersed in this all my life I think was an advantage, but you've always got to be looking forward to do something else. I did Women in Love in 1968, and in those days, it wasn't thought to be very smart to mix the color of light."
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