JTB Ken Russel - 39 Classic Movies (Comedy/Drama/Documentary/Biography)by johntbakken | created - 2 months ago | updated - 2 months ago | Public
Henry Kenneth Alfred Russell was born 3 July 1927 and sadly passed away 27 November 2011. He was a British film director, known for his pioneering work in television and film and for his flamboyant and controversial style. His films in the main were liberal adaptations of existing texts, or biographies, notably of composers of the Romantic era. Russell began directing for the BBC, where he made creative adaptations of composers' lives which were unusual for the time. He also directed many feature films independently and for studios.
He is best known for his Oscar-winning film Women in Love (1969), The Devils (1971), The Who's Tommy (1975), and the science fiction film Altered States (1980). Russell also directed several films based on the lives of classical music composers, such as Elgar, Delius, Tchaikovsky, Mahler, and Liszt.
Film critic Mark Kermode, speaking in 2006, and attempting to sum up the director's achievement, called Russell, "somebody who proved that British cinema didn't have to be about kitchen-sink realism—it could be every bit as flamboyant as Fellini. Later in his life he turned to making low-budget experimental films such as Lion's Mouth and Revenge of the Elephant Man, and they are as edgy and 'out there' as ever".
Critics have accused him of being obsessed with sexuality and the Catholic Church.
Taken from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken_Russell
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1. French Dressing (1964)
Not Rated | 86 min | Comedy, Drama
A drab little English seaside town tries to improve its image - and increase its revenues - by holding a film festival. When a famous continental star agrees to attend, things get out of hand.
2. Isadora (1966 TV Movie)
65 min | Documentary, Biography
The outrageous life of the American dancer of the 1920s, Isadora Duncan, whom Ken Russell described as "part genius and part charlatan".
5. The Music Lovers (1971)
R | 123 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
Piano teacher Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky struggles against his homosexuality by marrying, but unfortunately he chooses a nymphomaniac whom he cannot satisfy.
6. The Devils (1971)
R | 111 min | Biography, Drama, History
In 17th-century France, Father Urbain Grandier seeks to protect the city of Loudun from the corrupt establishment of Cardinal Richelieu. Hysteria occurs within the city when he is accused of witchcraft by a sexually repressed nun.
7. The Boy Friend (1971)
G | 137 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance
When the leading lady of a low-budget musical revue sprains her ankle, the assistant stage manager is forced to understudy and perform in her place, becoming a star and finding love in the process.
11. Lisztomania (1975)
R | 103 min | Biography, Comedy, Music
Composer and pianist Franz Liszt attempts to overcome his hedonistic life-style while repeatedly being drawn back into it by the many women in his life and fellow composer Richard Wagner.
12. Valentino (1977)
R | 128 min | Biography, Drama
In 1926, the tragic and untimely death of a silent screen actor caused female movie-goers to riot in the streets and in some cases to commit suicide - that actor was Rudolph Valentino. ... See full summary »
13. Altered States (1980)
R | 102 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A Harvard scientist conducts experiments on himself with a hallucinatory drug and an isolation chamber that may be causing him to regress genetically.
Votes: 29,406 | Gross: $19.85M
15. Crimes of Passion (1984)
R | 107 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller
A mysterious woman, fashion designer by day and prostitute by night, is hounded by two men: a married father of two, and a sexually repressed preacher.
Votes: 5,784 | Gross: $2.91M
18. Aria (1987)
R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
Ten short pieces directed by ten different directors, including Ken Russell, Jean-Luc Godard, Robert Altman, Bruce Beresford, and Nicolas Roeg. Each short uses an aria as soundtrack/sound (... See full summary »
Directors: Robert Altman, Bruce Beresford, Bill Bryden, Jean-Luc Godard, Derek Jarman, Franc Roddam, Nicolas Roeg, Ken Russell, Charles Sturridge, Julien Temple | Stars: John Hurt, Theresa Russell, Stephanie Lane, Roy Hyatt
Votes: 2,412 | Gross: $1.03M
19. Salome's Last Dance (1988)
R | 89 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
Late on Guy Fawkes Day, 1892, Oscar Wilde arrives at a high-class brothel where a surprise awaits: a staging of his play "Salome," with parts played by prostitutes, Wilde's host, his lover ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,258 | Gross: $0.33M
20. The Lair of the White Worm (1988)
R | 93 min | Horror
When an archeologist uncovers a strange skull in foreign land, the residents of a nearby town begin to disappear, leading to further unexplainable occurrences.
Votes: 8,858 | Gross: $1.19M
22. Il Mefistofele (1989 TV Movie)
137 min | Drama, Fantasy, Musical
Arrigo Boito's Il Mefestefele was first performed in 1868 and his most known work. In Ken Russell's modern interpretation presented by the Genoese Opera, it has Faust as an ageing hippy. He... See full summary »
23. Women and Men: Stories of Seduction (1990 TV Movie)
R | 83 min | Romance, Drama
Three short stories come to the screen, each focused on a man and a woman. The first is set in the 1940s, the other two in the 1920s. In "The Man in a Brooks Brothers Suit," a businessman ... See full summary »
25. Whore (1991)
NC-17 | 85 min | Drama
The prostitute Liz works on the streets of Los Angeles. She recalls her life in flashback, when she marries an alcoholic man. She leaves him with their son. Then she works as waitress in a ... See full summary »
Votes: 3,212 | Gross: $1.01M
26. Prisoner of Honor (1991 TV Movie)
PG | 88 min | Biography, Drama
"Prisoner of Honor" documents the French Dreyfus Affair that saw a French Captain sent to Devils' Island for espionage near the end of the nineteenth century. Richard Dreyfuss plays Colonel... See full summary »
27. Road to Mandalay (1991 TV Movie)
Ken Russell, in his home town of Southampton, takes his young son and his aunts out to dinner, but the new traffic restrictions mean he can't get near the place. Traffic signs force him ... See full synopsis »
29. The Mystery of Dr Martinu (1993 TV Movie)
61 min | Drama, Music, Musical
A biographical film of Czech composer Martinu is in two parts: the first part a recurring dream, the second a Freudian analysis of the dream.
30. Treasure Island (1995 TV Movie)
63 min | Adventure, Comedy, Musical
This is a re-working of the Treasure Island theme with Long Jane Silver instead of Long John Silver. Hetty Baynes plays this role in the style of Marilyn Monroe.
31. Classic Widows (1995 TV Movie)
53 min | Documentary, Music
A documentary tribute with widows of four British composers: William Walton, Bernard George Stevens, Benjamin Frankel and Humphrey Searle and performances of each composer's work played by ... See full summary »
33. Mindbender (1996 TV Movie)
PG-13 | 93 min | Biography, Drama, Sci-Fi
Mindbender is the story of Uri Geller, probably the world's most famous psychic. The film shows his rise to fame from small shows in the middle east where he amazed audiences with his ... See full summary »
36. Lion's Mouth (2000)
27 min | Short, Musical, Drama
Journalist Josephine Heatherington investigate;'s the death and life of the rev. H. Davidson, a vicar who was defrocked after taking in prostitutes. After being defrocked, the vicar ... See full summary »
83 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Rock star Roddy Usher's wife is murdered and Rod is sent to a lunatic asylum in this gothic-comedy-horror-musical.
39. Trapped Ashes (2006)
R | 105 min | Horror
Seven strangers on a Hollywood movie studio tour are trapped inside an infamous House of Horror and forced to tell their most terrifying stories to get out alive.