“A veritable insanity, one unheard of in the annals of furore!”-Heinrich Heine on “Lisztomania” (1844)
DIRECTED BY: Ken Russell
FEATURING: Roger Daltrey, Paul Nicholas, Veronica Quilligan, Sara Kestelman, Fiona Lewis, Ringo Starr
PLOT: Composer/pianist Franz Liszt hosts concerts before screaming throngs of 19th century women, and enjoys as many groupies and mistresses as he can . . . → Read More: 134. LISZTOMANIA (1975)
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DIRECTOR: Ken Russell
FEATURING: Roger Daltrey, Ann-Margret, Oliver Reed , Eric Clapton, Elton John, Jack Nicholson, Tina Turner, Paul Nicholas, Keith Moon, Pete Townshend, John Entwhistle
PLOT: Captain Walker is missing and presumed . . . → Read More: LIST CANDIDATE: TOMMY (1975)
Three-time (and counting) Certified Weird director Ken Russell died yesterday at the age of 84. No cause of death was reported, but the auteur was known to have recently suffered a series a strokes and was not in good health.
The Ken Russell films that this site has already certified as among the best weird . . . → Read More: R.I.P. KEN RUSSELL (1927-2011)
This is Ken Russell‘s most personal film and he admirably does Gustav Mahler proud by refusing to treat the composer with phony reverence. Mahler is no plaster saint here. Instead, he is a neurotic, obsessive Jewish composer, a hen-pecked husband and an artist whose drive stems from the flesh. Unknown to him at the time, . . . → Read More: KEN RUSSELL’S MAHLER (1974)
“You don’t have to tell me how weird you are. I know how weird you are… Even sex is a mystical experience for you. You carry on like a flagellant, which can be very nice, but I sometimes wonder if it’s me that’s being made love to. I feel like I’m being harpooned by . . . → Read More: 62. ALTERED STATES (1980)
“I passed the summer of 1816 in the environs of Geneva. The season was cold and rainy, and in the evenings we crowded around a blazing wood fire, and occasionally amused ourselves with some German stories of ghosts, which happened to fall into our hands. These tales excited in us a playful desire of imitation. . . . → Read More: 50. GOTHIC (1986)
In 1987, producer Don Boyd brought his labor of love, Aria, to the screen. The concept was to have ten directors, each with a distinguished style, visually interpret ten arias. Jean-Luc Godard, Robert Altman, Nicolas Roeg and Ken Russell were among the directors. Predictably, many less than erudite American critics put their working class hero noses . . . → Read More: AVANT OPERA ON FILM, PART 3
“This fearful worm would often feed on cows and lamb and sheep, And swallow little babes alive when they lay down to sleep. So John set out and got the beast and cut it into halves, And that soon stopped it eating babes and sheep and lambs and calves.”
–Lyrics to “The D’Ampton Worm” from . . . → Read More: 23. THE LAIR OF THE WHITE WORM (1988)