Mindbender from 1995. If you are interested in bending spoons this is one of the best films on the subject. The life story of Uri Geller.
The credits begin with "the following events are true and are interpreted through the artistic eye of Ken Russell". Uri's father and lover dance on top of an Israeli tank beside a 3-dimensional Dali-clock. The child Uri pulls a bullet out of a wall (the six day war recurs in the film) and when he holds it in his hand it turns into a ring.
When his teacher tells Uri to stay in class until the hands of the clock reach half past four, of course young Uri has no problems moving the hands and leaving early. But this sort of thing is really banal and the films comes over as a paid-for vanity film for Uri Geller. There is a silly spy plot and Geller seems to save the world from nuclear war.
For the benefit of this page I watched the film again. It does not improve with repeated viewing. Also my watch stopped.
Ishai Golan plays Uri Geller. A shallow insincere performance, so probably true to life. Above the domineering father and the loving mother played by Rafi Tabor Aviva Yoel.
Terence Stamp adds some badly needed acting ability. Hetty Baynes (Ken's wife) seems to have the role of an intelligent bimbo, though some genuine intelligence comes over.
Music consists of recordings such as Elton John's Rocket Man and The Moody Blues Nights in White Satin, both of which fit well. Editors are Ken's son Xavier Russell and John Orland, cinematography is by Hong Manley who worked on four other films for Ken such as Classic Widows. The script is co-written by Ken and Yael Stern (I guess Stern wrote the original script, and Ken adapted it while filming).
also appears. If you buy the video it
will change your life since you can have your
broken watches and clocks repaired (just hold
them as Uri talks). Uri also wants to touch you,
so put your hand to the screen and touch his-
feel it!! Geller is not very convincing as he
pretends the rubbish is true.
swings on the white beach, genuinely haunting images in
a boring film.
The child Uri eating soup when his spoon bends is reasonably funny. The child Uri about to be beaten and falling backwards among the tailors dummies.
kite (as in Elgar) bursts into flame just like the hut in Mahler.
There is more fire as Uri
(in a dream) walks through a wall of fire over a
minefield. And earth as Uri digs a pit.
Sensory deprivation with a cheap version of Tommy's torture
Other films released in the same year include The English Patient, Shine and Trainspotting.
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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