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BBC recordings on-line
Ken Russell is one of the
directors on the BBC "voices from the archive".
You can listen to him talk about childhood, ballet, pop videos,
Virginia Woolf and Madame Butterfly.
Ken Russell at the Belgrade International
Festival, interviewed by Rada Djurica
"Who will be playing
Tesla? We heard it would be Jack Nicholson?
Gods and Monsters: An interview for the novel, also bringing in all the known anecdotes, plus some background on Russell's conversion to Catholicism.
"Russell tuned in
to the enthusiasm of one Norman Dewhurst, a trainee tax
inspector from Bradford, who was improving the shining
hours of his leisure by taking instruction from the
Jesuit priests of Farm Street. The really knock-out thing
about Catholics, Norman said one night, is we eat God.
"We eat God." It was the most extraordinary
thing Kenneth had ever heard. Like science-fiction.
Naturally, good old Norman was challenged on the
ecclesiastical niceties of his assertion, but he stuck to
the point. No, we don't believe we eat God. No, we don't
imbibe the symbol of his holiness. We eat God. Literally.
It was the wilful certitude that got our Kenneth by the
throat. He wanted to belong. Norm had won a
Ken's book: "United Artists did... had financed and
distributed Billion Dollar Brain, and talked me into
directing Women in Love. Although the Harry Palmer movie
had only made a respectable financial return, the D H
Lawrence movie went through the roof, so understandably
they were going to look with a friendly eye on any other
movie I might propose.
When and where were you happiest?
The Best of British television
The questions: What would you
give Hitchcock for his 100th birthday?
An interactive CD Rom about Ken
Russell as a great biopic film maker. View his movie
clips, study his style in making biopic movie
(filmography), biography and film synopsis. (1996).
Note I am unable to find the CD Rom and the site don't
answer enquiries. Any information welcome.
Ken Russell was invited by Apple to make a short film with schoolchild Emma Downey.
"At an event last October Apple paired 16 students from four UK schools together with 16 Apple Masters. The masters were all media, entertainment and academic celebrities who have used Apple computers in their work. Their creative task was to film, edit and present a two-minute movie in two days using only a low-cost Canon MV30i digital camera and an iMac DV computer (it has the FireWire port fitted as standard).
The results were
stunning as stars like Ken Russell and Hugh Laurie
cajoled, encouraged and listened to their young charges.
I stood behind Ken Russell as he worked with Emma Downey
from Liswerry high school in Wales, and watched as they
discussed the use of diagonal shadow and effect on the
Dead links, good quotes
is now offline)
An on-line arts journal, this issue covering Ken's biographical works.
"Somewhat subtler, however, is the line in the accompanying vocal track [to Lisztomania]: "As long as life shall last." These are the exact words that are spoken by Urbain Grandier in The Devils (in the sequence just prior to Sister Jeanne's writing of the letter). The coincidence is striking, not just because the words are identical, but due to Liszt and Grandier being the two Russell protagonists that spend their lives having meaningless sexual encounters, yet yearn for true love.
This is typical of the multi-layered structure of Lisztomania, and of Russell giving the nod to films and filmmakers of the past, which, somewhat perversely, includes both himself and his own past work. Also, besides the cinematic references, the film contains a neat skit on Orpheus as Liszt is led into the court of Princess Carolyn by a servant (see if you can spot Ollie Reed in a micro-cameo) and is quickly thrown down to the bowels of hell."
Ken Russell's review of the film Wicker Man.
"... one of the strangest films ever made on these shores. The fact that it is curiously moving is paradoxical. The photography is mundane, and the acting of the professionals only a cut above that of the islanders, which is understandably amateurish. The natives treat the whole thing like a game, which, of course it is. So that sort of works. And the island itself casts a spell of its own upon the proceedings. Lastly there is the performance of Edward Woodward as the duped policeman, which can only be described as dogged. It's as though he discovered on day one that he was mixed up with a potential disaster, but decided that come hell or high water he would give the part his best shot.
I don't know whether
Anthony Shaffer was trying to write a horror movie or a
black comedy. Either way, The Wicker Man is genuinely
disturbing. We still don't know the truth about what
happened in the Orkney Islands only a short time ago. The
suspicion that it could actually happen makes The Wicker
Man linger in the mind, long after more polished horror
movies have faded from memory."
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