r.i.p. ken russell

i wasn’t much into classical music, especially when i was younger, so only altered states stands out, but for his innovative and over the top m.o., for sure

During this time [1970-72], Russell became not only the most controversial British director but also the first in the history of British film to have three films playing first-run engagements in London simultaneously – The Music Lovers,The Devils and The Boy Friend. But his reputation as a kind of unruly cinematic anarchist, capable of frightening even the horses and doubtless making some of his subjects swivel in their graves, tended to cloud the formidable technique he brought to everything he did. In most of them there were some extraordinary passages. It might have been better if there had been a few more ordinary ones as well.

[guardian obit]


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