Ken Russell: S/D

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Valentino was on cable a couple nights ago. Hadn't ever seen it before, but I think that one movie alone is single-handedly responsible for Baz Luhrmann. Anyway, there's nothing like sheer bloody excess and Russell certainly piles it on.

Perhaps this should be a "Defend The Indefensible" thread instead?

Elvis Telecom (Chris Barrus), Thursday, 20 May 2004 21:27 (fifteen years ago) link

I can't wait to see his Nikola Tesla movie

Elvis Telecom (Chris Barrus), Thursday, 20 May 2004 21:30 (fifteen years ago) link

I watched Valentino too, but I loved it. Baz Luhrmann wishes he had Russell's control over excess... er, at least w/r/t this particular movie. I also watched Tommy recently and... it's not as good.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Thursday, 20 May 2004 22:49 (fifteen years ago) link

search: The Devils, Crimes Of Passion, Altered States
destroy: everything else

PVC (peeveecee), Saturday, 22 May 2004 00:51 (fifteen years ago) link

Does anyone have any thoughts on Altered States? I see it in the used VHS bin at my Hastings all the time. I've never seen a Ken Russell film. Worth two bucks? Why?

The Narwhal (the narwhal), Saturday, 22 May 2004 18:03 (fifteen years ago) link

search: Mahler

de, Saturday, 22 May 2004 18:50 (fifteen years ago) link

four months pass...
Crimes Of Passion has to be one of the most enjoyably silly films ever made. The list of classic scenes are far too many to list, but Anthony Perkins attacking that blow up doll (and his eventual death by dildo) and Kathleen Turner and the cop (and his nightstick). Fantastic stuff.

Lair of the White Worm is less fun but even more bizarre, and what is Hugh Grant doing here anyway?

The only Russell film I ever hated was that one he did about Uri Geller and I can't remember the title of it. From what I remember, the first half or so was not bad, but then Geller escapes from somewhere and then suddenly it turns into Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers.

Whaaaat?, Thursday, 23 September 2004 01:05 (fourteen years ago) link

I love Lair of the White Worm.
I dunno, my dad was a big fan and took me to Tommy at the cinema more than once when I was 14 - it was one of my favourites at the time. But now I just feel kind of traumatised by the whole experience! There was an odd doco he made about himself I saw way back then too.

cuspidorian (cuspidorian), Monday, 27 September 2004 11:57 (fourteen years ago) link

"Altered States" if only for when Willaim Hurt turs into a cave man!

latebloomer (latebloomer), Monday, 27 September 2004 22:10 (fourteen years ago) link

How could I forget Lair Of The White Worm. I love that movie!

PVC (peeveecee), Thursday, 30 September 2004 21:08 (fourteen years ago) link

two years pass...

Best Hugh Grant line ever... "I believe we probably have another reptile on the premises"

Elvis Telecom, Tuesday, 24 July 2007 07:46 (twelve years ago) link

Much love for Altered States and most notably, The Devils.

Girolamo Savonarola, Tuesday, 24 July 2007 21:22 (twelve years ago) link

I can't tell his good apart from his bad anymore. I used to be able to, and now Lisztomania is my favorite. Don't let this happen to you.

Milton Parker, Wednesday, 25 July 2007 21:30 (twelve years ago) link

He understood the brilliance of Theresa Russell. Whore being one of my fave Theresa Russell movies. Right after Roeg's Eureka and Track 29 and Sondra Locke's Impulse.

scott seward, Thursday, 26 July 2007 13:53 (twelve years ago) link

i love both russell's and roeg's good/awful ratios. they mirror depalma in that regard. their badness is superbad.

scott seward, Thursday, 26 July 2007 13:57 (twelve years ago) link

i keep forgetting that on this board you have to wait for the note in the bottle that you threw in the ocean to reach shore before anyone can respond.

scott seward, Thursday, 26 July 2007 17:13 (twelve years ago) link

No, I think he's a genius, and it's a damn shame he's come to be seen as an unbankable pariah. You always get that wild over-the-top quality, for good or ill.

I'm afraid Ken looks highly likely to be 'rediscovered' by the British movie establishment the morning after he's safely gone. Still, he obviously doesn't care one bit - it's great that he's still making home movies with a cast of neighbours. fans and London goths. I have to pick up 'Louse of Usher' one of these days. Sort of dread it, but it won't be dull.

Soukesian, Thursday, 26 July 2007 21:18 (twelve years ago) link

I love this guy and echo the sentiments above about how he's so marginalised these days. The more over-the-top the better in my opinions, so my favourites are Lair of the White Worm, Salome's Last Dance, Gothic, Tommy, Altered States. There's quite a few I've not seen yet. The most recent thing I saw was from the 90's and was a section of a three part "erotic thriller" videos. Not over-the-top at all and therefore pretty poor.

I love all the little Ken-isms that crop up in his movies: "oh look, that woman has a penis!", "Mummy, what's that nun doing with the crucifix" etc.

everything, Thursday, 26 July 2007 22:50 (twelve years ago) link

"Ken takes a baroque glee in everything that he does; it is impossible for him to put anything dull in front of a camera. If it's over-the-top it's OTT better than anyone else." - David Watkin, cinematographer for several of his films

Girolamo Savonarola, Friday, 27 July 2007 06:56 (twelve years ago) link

Hollywood reasoning that leads to a favourable decision may be equally beside the point. After one of his pictures had made them a lot of money Ken Russell was invited to LA to discuss what he would like to do next. Ken, who always has a dozen different ideas for projects, went through all of them but without arousing any interest.

"Isn't there anything else you'd like to do?"

Ken though for a moment.

"I could make a film about Tchaikowsky."

"Who's he?"

Wisely Ken said nothing about music.

"He was a homosexual who married a nymphomaniac."

"Right - we'll do it."

- also from Watkin's book

Girolamo Savonarola, Friday, 27 July 2007 07:07 (twelve years ago) link

Ken thought for a moment

Girolamo Savonarola, Friday, 27 July 2007 07:07 (twelve years ago) link

There is a decent, interesting, sort of career overview in the july sight and sound - also online here...

http://www.bfi.org.uk/sightandsound/feature/49385

Jeff LeVine, Friday, 27 July 2007 08:13 (twelve years ago) link

Great piece. I like the Michael Powell comparison.

Soukesian, Friday, 27 July 2007 18:49 (twelve years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Hold my hand. It's like touching the dead, isn't it?

W4LTER, Friday, 17 August 2007 02:00 (twelve years ago) link

one year passes...

I used to be able to, and now Lisztomania is my favorite. Don't let this happen to you.

oops

tokyo rosemary, Friday, 31 October 2008 01:38 (ten years ago) link

Saw Mahler via Lovefilm for the first time for well over a decade, and was bowled over by it all over again. Incredible. A Russell box set with commentaries would be a wonderful thing. I'd barricade the doors and watch the lot over a weekend.

Still to see: the early BBC docs, Liztomania, The Boyfriend.

Soukesian, Monday, 3 November 2008 19:50 (ten years ago) link

keep reading this as "Keri Russell: S/D" and thinking it wil lbe a compendium of heave's favorites

HOOS HOOS HOOS on the autosteen (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Monday, 3 November 2008 20:19 (ten years ago) link

Hadn't seen the Russell at the Beeb box, thanks! (Pity about Seven Veils, though.)

Soukesian, Monday, 3 November 2008 21:29 (ten years ago) link

six months pass...

Saw Crimes of Passion last night. Great stuff: wild switches of tone, screwball dialogue, some pretty full-on kink, and lots of characteristic Russell stuff half buried in the 80's cheesiness: unexplained cuts to classic erotic art images which show stuff he couldn't otherwise get past the censors, a black and white sequence, and a classic Russell dream sequence inserted as a rock video on cable TV. Turner and Perkins are just great, the rest of the cast much less so, but there are some bleak relationship break-up scenes which give the film a real edge.

Soukesian, Sunday, 10 May 2009 11:34 (ten years ago) link

that's how I remember it, plus the young male lead had a rockin' body

Dr Morbius, Monday, 11 May 2009 23:48 (ten years ago) link

two months pass...

Finally saw Liszomania tonight. Awesome. Words fail.

Soukesian, Thursday, 6 August 2009 22:49 (ten years ago) link

More or less got my breath back. It's kind of a compromise between Tommy and Mahler, and isn't as successful as either overall: the modern linking songs are pretty poor, and it's a little overlong. However, the set pieces must be the most jaw-dropping Russell ever filmed. The Princess Caroline dream sequence - the one with the giant phallus - could be his masterpiece. The outrageousness of this is then trumped several times over by what follows. All this and cameos from Ringo and Little Nell Campbell.

If you haven't seen this, and you enjoy what Ken Russell does, don't put it off a second longer!

Soukesian, Friday, 7 August 2009 17:43 (ten years ago) link

four months pass...

'Seven Veils' has been upped to YouTube, grab it before it goes

Ward Fowler, Tuesday, 8 December 2009 20:35 (nine years ago) link

sorry, link here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vooM2wzwF0E

Ward Fowler, Tuesday, 8 December 2009 20:35 (nine years ago) link

The only one I actually liked was 'Women In Love.'Anything by Lawrence is going to seem campy, but the acting was good, the production lavish and it caught the feel of the period in which it was made ( 1969) as well as when it was set.
It did lack the genuine eroticism of 'The Rainbow', but that was only due to the cunningly displayed charms of Sammi Davis( an object of my lust in my middle years, last seen as Cholly's Mum on 'Lost'.)
'The Plumed Serpent' seems an obvious choice to adapt. Has it been done?

Carl, Friday, 18 December 2009 19:58 (nine years ago) link

Ken is absolutely on fire with "Seven Veils". Could be his masterpiece. It's a crime that this is banned and unobtainable.

Soukesian, Friday, 18 December 2009 22:39 (nine years ago) link

six months pass...

Still buzzing after this afternoon's screening of "Savage Messiah" at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, presented by Ken himself, visibly moved by a standing ovation.

I wasn't sure what to expect of the movie, but it's way up there with his best work, and seems to be a very personal project. Do not miss any chance you get to see it. The print wasn't in great shape, and this surely deserves a proper digital restoration . . like so much of his filmography. Off to IMDB to read up on the background - apparently the star has "vanished off the face of the earth" after giving this powerhouse performance, though everyone involved gives it total commitment. (Helen Mirren is absolutely devastating in a supporting role. If you've ever liked her in anything, you need this.)

Soukesian, Wednesday, 23 June 2010 22:19 (nine years ago) link

one month passes...

I'd never even HEARD of Savage Messiah, and it's part of the NYC retro about to start (w/ KR Q&As):

http://www.filmlinc.com/wrt/onsale/kenrussell.html

In fact I've only seen 3 of his films: The Devils, Altered States, and Crimes of Passion. I'm skipping Women in Love til I've read Lawrence.

kind of shrill and very self-righteous (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 29 July 2010 01:52 (nine years ago) link

WIL is the only one of his movies (that I've seen) I can stand, only because it's so well-cast; and you'll dig the nude wrestling scene b/w Oliver Platt and Alan Bates. But, yeah, it makes a hash out of the Lawrence novel.

balls and adieu (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 29 July 2010 01:55 (nine years ago) link

Oliver PLATT, shame on you.

I've seen that scene.

kind of shrill and very self-righteous (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 29 July 2010 01:56 (nine years ago) link

Wish I could be at the NYC retro. I'm following Ken on Facebook, and he seems to be having a whale of a time showing his movies round the world - latest post has him leading an audience singalong to "The D'Hampton worm" at a "Lair . ." screening. Great to see him finally getting his moment of triumph.

Cracked the "Russell at the BBC" box last night with "Isadora Duncan" - incredible stuff, the equal of his cinema work, even on a BBC budget.

Soukesian, Thursday, 29 July 2010 18:57 (nine years ago) link

mostly praise from Armond (tho I'd like to see Whore too):

http://www.nypress.com/article-21459-viva-russellmania_.html

kind of shrill and very self-righteous (Dr Morbius), Friday, 30 July 2010 19:30 (nine years ago) link

yeah, he's in attendance at the devils screening tonight, sold out natch

(e_3) (Edward III), Friday, 30 July 2010 19:31 (nine years ago) link

wasn't it Oliver Reed?

sarahel, Friday, 30 July 2010 19:33 (nine years ago) link

Yeah -- I was teasing Morbs.

balls and adieu (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 30 July 2010 19:34 (nine years ago) link

A Platt-Bates wrestling scene would work, now that Bates is dead.

balls and adieu (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 30 July 2010 19:35 (nine years ago) link

i think WiL was the first time I saw a movie with Oliver Reed pre-bloat, and it made me understand a lot about my mother.

sarahel, Friday, 30 July 2010 19:35 (nine years ago) link

Oliver Platt and Kathy Bates -- THAT'd be a nude wrestling scene!

kind of shrill and very self-righteous (Dr Morbius), Friday, 30 July 2010 19:35 (nine years ago) link

Sorry for the thread derail, but I didn't know this about the late Alan Bates.

balls and adieu (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 30 July 2010 19:38 (nine years ago) link

I had forgotten so much of The Devils.

It's kind of annoyingly hysterical, isn't it?

kind of shrill and very self-righteous (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 1 August 2010 16:21 (nine years ago) link

I don't know, I've only been able to see it the once. I tend to blame annoyingly hysterical people for that, though last I heard the owners of the rights couldn't be bothered to do a proper rerelease. It's not like it's a notorious and much-banned cult movie with a ready-made audience, I suppose.

Soukesian, Tuesday, 3 August 2010 16:58 (nine years ago) link

A Toronto rep is showing The Devils "uncut" later this month, with Russell in attendance. The only Russell films I've ever seen are Altered States and The Lair of the White Worm--my sense of him has always been that his movies are hysterical, and Altered States didn't do anything to dispel that--but him being there might be enough to get me out.

clemenza, Sunday, 8 August 2010 03:55 (nine years ago) link

eight months pass...

Great news! (Though about bloody time!) Savage Messiah is a key work, a personally funded project which I believe is very important to Ken. And it has Helen Mirren coming down the stairs, and the Vortex club sequence. The Boyfriend is one of the last big gaps in his filmography I've still to experience - one of those films I've been hunting for over a decade. Fabulous 70's Nouveau box art!

Soukesian, Friday, 15 April 2011 07:19 (eight years ago) link

ten months pass...

for anyone in london theres going to be a russell forever season from the ppl that did scala forever last year -

http://www.facebook.com/events/317870211582024/

cant wait

titchy (titchyschneiderMk2), Wednesday, 15 February 2012 05:26 (seven years ago) link

ppl on the criterion board were talking abt the extras on the new dvd edition of 'the devils' coming out & someone posted:

I hope that includes the send-off where Kermode thanks him for making one of the ten best films of all time and Russell says "Yeah! Lair of the White Worm!", and brought the house down. It was easily the best Q&A wrapping-up I've ever heard.

i just watched 'lair of the white worm' for the first time - it was really great! ken otm

johnny crunch, Tuesday, 28 February 2012 01:50 (seven years ago) link

New DVD? WHEN, FROM WHOM

NOW

muus lääv? :D muus dut :( (Telephone thing), Wednesday, 29 February 2012 03:30 (seven years ago) link

BFI is doing it in March I think. DVD only, no Blu.

Mike Love Costume Jewelry on Etsy (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 29 February 2012 05:51 (seven years ago) link

six months pass...

watching Amelia and the Angel, previously on a guardian dvd, now available here:
http://thespace.org/items/e00000m8?t=g9n6

wondering where the big diused station that appears about 12mins in is. other locations are south kensington tube and hyde park(?) and middleton grove (N7)

koogs, Monday, 10 September 2012 19:10 (seven years ago) link

two weeks pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeLHyyCN6YE

turds (Hungry4Ass), Saturday, 29 September 2012 17:40 (six years ago) link

two years pass...

So far I've seen, in no order..

Lisztomania
The Devils
Mahler
The Music Lovers
Tommy
Altered States
Lair Of The White Worm
Savage Messiah
Gothic
Crimes Of Passion
Dance Of Seven Veils
Women In Love
The Rainbow
A Kitten For Hitler (short)
Amelia And The Angel (short)

Some music videos (Pandoras Box, Elton John, Cliff Richard, Sarah Brightman), surprisingly boring. I've seen his segment (which is nothing special) of Aria but not the entire film.

I'm actually amazed how much I've seen because it doesn't feel nearly that many. I enjoyed the majority, even something as messy as Gothic was worth seeing. It was mainly A Kitten For Hitler and the music videos that were boring. Although The Rainbow is a tad dull.

I've probably seen most of the best stuff but there's still a he'll of a lot more, much of it difficult to find.
I've heard some of his novels are amazing too.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 1 November 2014 21:58 (four years ago) link

I'm very fond of the Rainbow. I've never read the novel, but I've read a few D H Lawrence enthusiasts term it a travesty?

mary nobody (soref), Saturday, 1 November 2014 22:02 (four years ago) link

I seem to remember Paul McGann's bare arse featuring quite a lot

mary nobody (soref), Saturday, 1 November 2014 22:03 (four years ago) link

a thoughtful Doctor Who fan has made a gif:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v31/Pink_Soprano/Clip_5.gif

mary nobody (soref), Saturday, 1 November 2014 22:07 (four years ago) link

definitely watch the early composer bios: debussy film, song of summer, elgar, etc

clouds, Saturday, 1 November 2014 22:13 (four years ago) link

It's weird, I thought the BBC box set would surely be a region 2 DVD but it's American. I'll get it anyway.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 1 November 2014 22:30 (four years ago) link

one year passes...

Two Ken Russell dual format sets coming out

THE KEN RUSSELL COLLECTION: THE GREAT PASSIONS (Dual Format Edition)
Four films by Ken Russell

The second of BFI's Ken Russell releases is another two disc collection bringing together four films from 1965-1967.

The collection opens with Always on Sunday a dramatized examination of the painter Henri Rousseau. The combination of Russell reuniting with Melvyn Bragg and Oliver Reed and Russell's infectious love of the film's subject results in a film which is illuminating in every frame. Isadora: The Biggest Dancer in the World (1966), a study of the outrageous American dancer, Isadora Duncan, starring Vivian Pickles as the dancer whose obsession with the importance of art and complete disdain for decorum chimes perfectly with Russell's own sensibility. Last of the TV dramas is Dante's Inferno (1967) which tells of the complex relationship between the 19th century artist and poet, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and his model Elizabeth Siddal.

The films in this collection have been remastered to High Definition, and are presented on Blu-ray for the very first time.

Special features
Late Night Line-up: Ken Russell at Work (1966): documentary showing Russell at work on various BBC TV documentaries, discussing his methods and filmmaking philosophy
Interview with editor Michael Bradsell (2015): the editor discusses his work with Ken Russell
Illustrated booklet with essays and full credits
1965-1967 | 202 minutes | 2 x DVD9 | 1 x BD50 | Other details TBC

&

THE KEN RUSSELL COLLECTION: THE GREAT COMPOSERS (Dual Format Edition)
Three films by Ken Russell

A Dual Format Edition collection bringing together the career defining work of Ken Russell at the BBC. Russell's work during the sixties for award-winning arts documentary series Monitor and Omnibus were critically-acclaimed and often seen as a high point in his filmmaking.

The first of the three films, Elgar (1962), portrays in vigorous style the life of the English composer Sir Edward Elgar, with Huw Wheldon narrating his life story over beautiful mountain scenery. The Debussy Film (1965), Russell's penultimate film for Monitor was an ambitious work about the composer s life, written by Melvyn Bragg and starring Oliver Reed as Claude Debussy. Delius: Song of Summer (1968) is generally regarded (not least by its director) as Russell's best television film with many critics citing it as his finest work in any medium. The story traces Eric Fenby and is based on his memoirs of trying to help the blind and paralysed composer Frederick Delius.

The films in this collection have been remastered to High Definition, and are presented on Blu-ray for the very first time

Special features
Elgar commentary by Michael Kennedy and Ken Russell
Delius: Song of Summer commentary by Ken Russell
Other extras TBC
Illustrated booklet with essays and full credits
1962-1968 | black & white | 210 minutes | 2 X DVD9 | 1 X BD50 | Other details TBC

Robert Adam Gilmour, Tuesday, 5 January 2016 01:22 (three years ago) link

excellent, have not seen any of those. coincidentally, watched (most of) lisztomania yesterday for the first time in a loooong time & guess i was much more receptive to the over-the-topness of it all in my teens. the mahler biopic is more my speed these days.

no lime tangier, Tuesday, 5 January 2016 03:16 (three years ago) link

three weeks pass...

just watched the devils for the first time. p amazing, loved the look of the town and the convent. vanessa redgrave hilarious.

pandemic, Friday, 29 January 2016 18:40 (three years ago) link

two years pass...

Gonna rematch WIL for the first time in twenty years – since reading the novel in college.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 8 May 2018 20:19 (one year ago) link

nine months pass...

Got both the Great Composers and Great Passions blurays which contain what was previously in the Ken Russell At The BBC dvd set but with lots of new extras. Would have been better if they had just kept it all in one box rather than splitting it into two releases.

I've always dragged my heels about getting this stuff (although I did see Dance Of Seven Veils on youtube years ago since it was omitted from these sets for legal reasons) because people who don't like Russell's more over the top films (which I like a lot) tend to prefer these BBC films, I thought they might be a bit boring and lacking character, but they're all great, most of them are as good as his most famous films.

Elgar is the most like a documentary, all the actors are viewed from a distance and there is no dialogue from them, just a documentary voiceover, easily the most quiet and restrained of the bunch.

The Debussy Film is an almost schizoprhrenic mixture of drama, making of and documentary and works very well.

Song Of Summer (about Delius) is probably the best film of the lot and I can understand why some people think it's one of the best films Russell ever made. All the characters are beautifully portrayed and it comes to life as a story more than the other BBC films)

Always On A Sunday (about Henri Rousseau) Lovely little film that focuses on Rousseau's supposed naivety. I had been wondering about this painting style recently (particularly the tropical paintings) and I'm glad I found out who originated it.

Isadora (about Isadora Duncan) Most of the artists/musicians in Ken Russell's films are kind of manic and irrepressible, laughing and jumping around a lot and I wonder how often it's true to the people. Along with Savage Messiah, Isadora probably epitomizes this and it seems credible given the events of Isadora Duncan's life.

Dante's Inferno (about Dante Gabriel Rossetti) I think perhaps Russell might have sacrificed the flow of the story a bit too much in favour of the morbidly sensational parts but I still had a great time with this Gala Mitchell has a really incredible face, no surprise that she was a fashion model but not many of her shoots survive online and only appeared in 3 films sadly.
http://randomramblingsthoughtsandfiction.blogspot.com/2012/02/pre-raphaelites-on-screen-desperate.html

Oliver Reed stars in two of the films. Surprised to find out about the writers who figured so importantly in some of the lives of these people (Rousseau/Alfred Jarry, Debussy/Pierre Louys/Maurice Maeterlinck, Isadora Duncan/Sergei Yesenin)

I'm left wondering about all the other BBC films, are they lost or something? Really want to see more and should see The Boyfriend, Valentino and Whore sometime.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Sunday, 3 March 2019 11:39 (six months ago) link

A shame Izabella Telezynska didn't have bigger roles. She's in a lot of these early Ken Russell films and I thought she was quite memorable in The Music Lovers. Kind of a quietly powerful actress.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 9 March 2019 12:33 (six months ago) link

one month passes...

Valentino has quite a bit of iffy acting and accents, but its very watchable and quite fun sometimes, especially the dancing and design.

BFI disc has some good interviews, including Ken Russell talking about various films that died in development hell, film studio bosses willing to lose huge amounts of money over petty grudges and a funny bit about a woman in an opera house scolding him for wearing a t-shirt.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Sunday, 21 April 2019 16:53 (four months ago) link

Got the Warner Archive disc of The Boyfriend (the only disc with the whole film? I've heard the others are butcher jobs). It's wonderful, up among Russell's best films.
Kind of similar to the Debussy film in that it has a few layers it switches between: it's a musical in which a stage musical is taking place and there are several sequences that are the fantasies of the people in the theatre.
It's very detailed and a lot of fun to see how the members of the cast try to undermine each other. Liked the costumes that exaggerated the tallness of the American tap dancer, how the director dances in front of the actors before the curtain falls and how the makeup makes some of the actresses' eyes look huge. It's stuffed with goodness.

Now that I've exhausted all his really big studio films (wish there was 20 more of them), I guess Whore is my next stop. I cant be arsed with Billion Dollar Brain and people say it doesn't feel like one of his films for most of the time.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 27 April 2019 15:57 (four months ago) link

There are really Russelly sequences in BDB iirc

After Cease to Brexist (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 27 April 2019 16:08 (four months ago) link

I might get round to it eventually but it really doesn't look like something I'd enjoy. Looks too much like James Bond.

I really like Christopher Gable, he's got such a likeable face.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 27 April 2019 16:25 (four months ago) link


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