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Ken Russell Aria

Aria from 1987 is a compilation film.  A number of directors were each given 50,000 pounds to make a short film based on an opera.  Ken Russell chose an excerpt from Turandot. Linzi Drew, the star, says "Nessum Dorma... from Turandot translates as ´None Shall Sleep´, and Ken's idea was to portray an accident victim who is comatose... His inspiration came from losing someone close to him in a car crash".

Ken Russell Aria king

Ken Russell Aria surgeon

The film is one of Russell's best and is highly recommended.

Ken Russell Aria 

Ken's segment was filmed in a studio in Battersea.

Other directors at their peak in the Aria films include Altman and Jean Luc Goddard. Disappointing are Roeg and especially Derek Jarman.

Ken Russell filming Aria

Ken with one of the props from the film (click on the image for the source).



Linzi Drew stars. She is a porn star, and has appeared in minor roles in Russell's Lair and Salome and the television ABC of British Music.

The music is from Puccini's Turandot.


Best Image

Ken Russell Aria dummy parts   Ken Russell Aria dummy head

The dummy parts swaying.


Best Scene

Ken Russell Aria rubies

The servants carefully placing rubies on the arms of the girl



Metropolis robot   Ken Russell Aria

The film pays homage to Lang's Metropolis (left).

Tommy crash  Metropolis crash

The burning car is similar to the car in the war scene in Tommy (left), and again to Metropolis (right).

Ken Russell Tommy and Monroe cross   Ken Russell Aria cross

The wand is similar to the cross in Tommy (left), and the same image as well as the same clouds appear in Mefistofoles.



Other films released in the same year include Wall Street. Good Morning Vietnam, Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket

Wall Street  Good Morning Vietnam  Full Metal Jacket  La Bamba


More films

Click title for film French Dressing * Billion Dollar Brain * Women in Love * The Music Lovers* The Devils * The Boy Friend * Savage Messiah * Mahler * Tommy * Lisztomania * Valentino * Altered States * Crimes of Passion * Gothic * Aria * The Lair of the White Worm * Salome's Last Dance * The Rainbow * Whore * Mindbender * Trapped Ashes/ The Girl with the Golden Breasts


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