Monday, November 28, 2011

RIP: Ken Russell

Because of Ken Russell, I will never again be able to consider D.H. Lawrence's works without recalling Oliver Reed and Alan Bates wrestling naked in front of a roaring fire.  I could do without this image, sure, but the fact it exists is a source of great amusement for yours truly.  Of course, Women in Love is just one of the British director's daring works.  Over his lifetime, Russell brought us an eclectic mix of iconoclastic, artistically trashy cinema; films like Tommy, Altered States, The Devils, or Lisztomania that blended controversy, music, sex, and violence with unexpected results.  Russell passed away Sunday at the age of 84.

1 comment:

  1. R.I.P. Ken Russell, it truly is sad we have lost him. I love the picture you included here, from The Boyfriend right? Such a underrated gem!

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