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Savage Messiah (1972)

Biographical film of the life of French sculptor Henri Gaudier-Brzeska.

Director:

Ken Russell

Writers:

Christopher Logue (screenplay), H.S. Ede (book)
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dorothy Tutin ... Sophie Brzeska
Scott Antony ... Henri Gaudier
Helen Mirren ... Gosh Boyle
Lindsay Kemp ... Angus Corky
Michael Gough ... M. Gaudier
John Justin ... Lionel Shaw
Aubrey Richards Aubrey Richards ... Mayor
Peter Vaughan ... Museum Attendant
Ben Aris Ben Aris ... Thomas Buff
Eleanor Fazan Eleanor Fazan ... Mdme. Gaudier
Otto Diamant ... Mr. Saltzman
Imogen Claire Imogen Claire ... Mavis Coldstream
Maggy Maxwell Maggy Maxwell ... Tart
Susanna East Susanna East ... Pippa
Judith Paris ... Kate
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Biographical film of the life of French sculptor Henri Gaudier-Brzeska.

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All art is sex! See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Barbár messiás See more »

Filming Locations:

Bath, Somerset, England, UK See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Russ-Arts See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

A sequence featuring Ken Russell was shot but later scrapped. He can still be seen getting off a train car in the railway station segment. See more »

Goofs

Sophie, a native speaker of Polish, is shown mispronouncing the Polish word rysowac' 'to draw': she says REE-so-vak although the correct Polish pronunciation is (approximately) rih-SOH-vats' (with the final -ts' sound pronounced palatalized, almost like -tch). See more »

Quotes

Sophie Brzeska: My book is about sleep; that thick oily substance. Under the surface you float; half dreaming, half waking. Hidden, you hope, yet the world comes though. You cannot imagine the ways I've evolved to abolish myself there... under the surface. Half sleeping. Half waking. Leaving your worries and your clothes asleep. But the rent never sleeps and time never sleeps.
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Connections

Referenced in Celebrity Naked Ambition (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Gems from Verdi Operas
(uncredited)
Music by Giuseppe Verdi
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Somewhat quirky
4 June 2003 | by poc-1See all my reviews

Ken Russell's take on the life of Gaudia Brzeska is irreverant and a little flippant. Perhaps that is just as well, because clearly someone who was able to produce the quantity and quality of work that Brzeska did during his short life, must have had something like mad energy portrayed in this film. Had he lived, he might have been as well known as Picasso. There are flaws, it looks very dated to the 70's, but if this film had not been made, I probably would not have heard of him.


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