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    Every movie forum needs a Ken Russell thread...

    So here's one.

    Women in Love - A+
    The Music Lovers - A+
    The Devils - A+
    The Boy Friend - B-
    Savage Messiah - A-
    Mahler - B+
    Tommy - A-
    Lisztomania - B+
    Valentino - B-
    Altered States - A+
    Crimes of Passion - A-
    Gothic - A+
    Salome's Last Dance - A
    Lair of the White Worm - A-
    The Rainbow - B
    Whore - B
    The Fall of the Louse of Usher - C+
    The Girl with the Golden Breasts - C+

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    I have a lot of catching up to do with his stuff. I loved The Devils and really dig Tommy but couldn't get into Lair. I was young when I saw it though and I think a lot of it went right over my head.

    I don't think I've seen any other Russell films.
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    You should see Altered States.


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    That's the one with William Hurt, right? I have the WB DVD. Just haven't watch it.
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    Lisztomania is fun - I found the soundtrack on vinyl at a garage sale and about whizzed myself in excitement. But Gothic kicks 31 flavors of ass.
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    The Music Lovers is coming to DVD in the UK 6/27.
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    Warner Archive has Savage Messiah in the pipeline...

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    I was just thinking about Ken Russell when I was in the Meat department of the grocery store yesterday, probably because I saw some guy that looks sort of like him and not because of the wall hot dog wieners and sausages. My favorites are THE DEVILS, ALTERED STATES, GOTHIC, and TOMMY. For the most part, he seems to get some excellent performances from his actors; Anthony Perkins is really loony in CRIMES OF PASSION, and Oliver Reed always seemed at home in Russell's films. I love the way that his appreciation for other art (paintings, classical music) seeps into and informs his vision. I suppose that is true with many directors, but it is perhaps more obvious with Russell.

    Has everyone seen that South Bank Show, Ken Russell directs his own life story? If you haven't, seek it out. Great stuff.

    Oh. Here it is (4 parts).



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    Most of the time after watching a Ken Russell movie I'm left wondering if I really saw what I just saw, lol. That's the best recommendation I can give. I thought his auto biography was a good read too.

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    I didn't realize that Savage Messiah actually came out on April. Haven't seen a single review for the Warner Archive disc though. I want to see this movie but I want to make sure the disc is of good quality first. Grrr.
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