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Recycling

Like most directors Russell recycles his work. Images from one film are reused in another.

 

Ken Russell Tommy Ken Russell Tommy Russell often uses under-the-legs photography of women
Ken Russell Mahler Ken Russell Crimes of Passion in The Boyfriend, Tommy, Mahler, Crimes of Passion
Ken Russell Tommy Ken Russell Aria The wand/cross in Tommy and Aria,
Ken Russell The Devils Ken Russell Lourdes The Devils, Lourdes  and also the opera Mefistofeles
Ken Russell rehearsing Mahler which changes religion in Mahler
Ken Russell The Music Lovers Ken Russell Valentino Tchaikovsky's wife and Valentino both are violated through the bars, and the opera Faust has a similar image
The Secret Life of Sir Arnold Bax and another secret life in The Rainbow
Ken Russell Tommy Ken Russell The Rainbow The fields of Tommy, The Rainbow
Ken Russell Women in Love Ken Russell The Music Lovers Women in Love and The Music Lovers
Ken Russell Anton Bruckner   The Strange Affliction of Anton Bruckner
Ken Russell Song of Summer Ken Russell Tommy The reflection in the glasses of the blind Delius, and also the Hell's Angel looking at the blind Tommy
Ken Russell Aria dummy parts Ken Russell Mefistofeles and the fridge body parts in Aria and the opera Mefistofeles
Ken Russell Tommy Ken Russell Gothic Skulls, armour, snakes etc from Tommy and Gothic
Ken Russell Valentino Ken Russell Lady Chatterley the halo hat appears in films from Valentino and Lady Chatterley
Ken Russell Savage Messiah Ken Russell Savage Messiah to Savage Messiah
Ken Russell The Lair of the White Worm and Lair of the White Worm
Ken Russell Savage Messiah Ken Russell Altered States Savage Messiah and Altered States
Ken Russell Savage Messiah Ken Russell Mahler the hut comes back in Savage Messiah and spectacularly in Mahler
Ken Russell Tommy Ken Russell Gothic on the rooftops in Tommy, Gothic
Ken Russell The Music Lovers and The Music Lovers
Ken Russell Valentino Ken Russell Gothic looking down at the camera in Valentino and Gothic
Ken Russell The Boyfriend Ken Russell The Devils The Boyfriend and The Devils
Ken Russell Mahler Ken Russell Valentino phallic music in Mahler and Valentino and Preservation Man
Ken Russell Valentino Ken Russell Preservation Man
Ken Russell The Devils Ken Russell The Boyfriend Holocaust in The Devils and Busby Berkeley in The Boyfriend
Ken Russell French Dressing and plastic dolls in French Dressing
Ken Russell Elgar Ken Russell Lair of the White Worm The furniture covered in drapes in Elgar was reused 26 years later in Lair of the White Worm
Ken Russell French Dressing Ken Russell Lisztomania and the full-screen lips in his first film French Dressing come back in Lisztomania
Ken Russell The Lair of the White Worm Ken Russell Gothic A figure silhouetted in a doorframe walking down stairs or along a corridor is a favourite Russell shot.  Lair, Gothic
Ken Russell Bartok Ken Russell Valentino  Bartok, Valentino
Ken Russell Billion Dollar Brain Ken Russell Crimes of Passion Billion Dollar Brain, Crimes of Passion
Ken Russell Altered States Ken Russell Prisoners of Honor Altered States, Prisoners of Honor and most Russell films.

 

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