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Ken Russell Difficult Quiz


Quiz yourself on Ken's films, his actors, his television etc.

A difficult quiz: here are the questions and the answers


Which film has the then unknown Donald Sutherland in a one-line role Billion Dollar Brain. He plays the computer operator, though he may also have done the computer voice
In which film does Ken act the role of a director Valentino
Which two actors in Ken's films became Members of Parliament Glenda Jackson and Andrew Faulds, both for Labour
Which two dancers have regularly acted in Russell's films Lindsay Kemp (Corky in Savage Messiah etc) and Christopher Gable (Fenby in Song of Summer etc)
Which film includes a scene with a cinema showing The Lair of the White Worm Whore
Which film about a musician, which never went ahead, would have starred Neil Diamond Gershwin
What name does Ken use when he acts as his own cameraman Alf Russell or Alfred Russell
What is the title of the Monty Python's satire/homage sketch Ken Russell´s Gardening Club
Pamela Anderson acts in which film Crimes of Passion
What are Ken's acting roles in cinema films not directed by himself A spy in The Russia House opposite Sean Connery, and Colour me Kubrick
One of Ken's sons edited some of his later work. What is his name Xavier Russell
Which two subjects of Russell documentaries went on to act in other television films by Ken Pop Goes the Easel is about four painters, including Derek Boshier who would later act in Dante´s Inferno playing Millais. James Lloyd the painter was the subject of a documentary, and later appeared in Always on a Sunday
Which actor appeared in the stage version of The Devils long before appearing in the film Max Adrian
Which film is shot in real time
(so the events on the screen happen in the same time as the film is shown)
Salome´s Last Dance
What is Ken's most autobiographical film Savage Messiah. Ken was Gaudier´s age when he read the biography
What is the name of Ken's dog Nipper. He appears in Folk Songs etc
Which films include homages to Eisenstein, to Visconti and to Lang Billion Dollar Brain and the ice on the lake scene Eisenstein's Alexander Nevsky), Lisztomania and the pram (Eisenstein's Battleshop Potemkin), Mahler and Death in Venice, Lair of the White Worm and cutting the worm during the dance
Who composed the music for Lisztomania, and who composed the music for The Devils pop star Rick Wakeman and classical composer Peter Maxwell Davies
Ken has twice directed about Kurt Weill and Lotte Lenya. Which two occasions A BBC documentary and a stage play
Which film was shot in Israel and which was partly shot in Finland Mindbender and Billion Dollar Brain
In which film does Ken's then wife provide the translation from French Salome´s Last Dance. Oscar Wilde´s play was written in French, Vivian Russell translates it for the film
Who did the scenery for The Devils and Savage Messiah Derek Jarman who went on to become a film director
Who stars and plays the music in The Fall of the Louse of Usher James Johnson of Gallon Drunk
Which television film starts with Laurel and Hardy Song of Summer. Eric Fenby plays piano in in the cinema (but this scene is excluded on the DVD version)



1-10 you are a reasonably normal person
11-15 you are desperate to see The Debussy Film
>15 you are a sad case and are probably trying to get a copy of
I Camcorder and the soundtrack to Mindbender :-)


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