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Ken Russell
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Date of Birth: Jul 3, 1927

Country: UK

Biography: Henry Kenneth Alfred "Ken" Russell is an English film director. He is known for his pioneering work in television and film and for his controversial style. He has been criticized as being over-obsessed with sexuality and the church. His subject matter is often about famous composers, or based on other works of art which he adapts loosely. Russell began directing for the BBC, where he did creative adaptations of composers' lives which were unusual for the time... (Wikipedia)

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A Kitten for Hitler (2007)
Ken Russell's Christmas short movie politically incorrect.
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British Film Forever (2007)
Cinema history series examining British film by genre.
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Trapped Ashes (2006)
Seven strangers on a Hollywood movie studio tour are trapped inside an infamous House of Horror and forced to tell their most terrifying stories to get out alive.
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Brothers of the Head (2005)
Brothers in the Head is the feverish, mind-bending odyssey of conjoined twins Tom and Barry Howe who were plucked from obscurity by a 1970s music promoter and groomed into a boy band. (IFC Films)
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Hell on Earth (2002)
Hell on Earth is an hour-long documentary presented by Mark Kermode. It's about Ken Russell's 1971 film, The Devils which is one of the most controversial films ever made. Kermode chats to Russell as well as two of the films stars Goergina Hale and Murray Melvin. Also included are scenes that were cut from the released film for being too controversial. (imdb)
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Elgar: Fantasy of a Composer on a Bicycle (2002)
Ken Russell revisits the life of Elgar, with musical background provided by the composer's works. (imdb)
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The Fall of the Louse of Usher: A Gothic Tale for the 21st Century (2002)
Rock star Roddy Usher's wife is murdered and Rod is sent to a lunatic asylum in this gothic-comedy-horror-musical. (imdb)
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Dog Boys (1998)
Dog Boys (1998) - TV Movie
Capt. Brown (Bryan Brown) is a loathsome prison guard who calls Julian (Dean Cain), an ex-Marine serving time, "dogboy," locking him up in the "doghouse." Willy, a fellow inmate, finds out the captain uses attack dogs to hunt prisoners for fun. Armed with the evidence to expose the corrupt guard, Willy suffers an untimely death before he can tell anyone. Now it's up to Julian and DA Jennifer Dern (Tia Carrere) to stop Capt. Brown for good.
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Tales of Erotica (1996)
A series of erotic short films, all with similar unexpected endings. (imdb)
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Mindbender (1996)
Mindbender is the story of Uri Geller, probably the world's most famous psychic. The film shows his rise to fame from small shows in the middle east where he amazed audiences with his parapsychological feats of spoon-bending and clock-fixing. Terence Stamp plays a scientist who brings him to America. (imdb)
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Treasure Island (1995)
Ken Russell's micro-budget version of R. L. Stevenson's "Treasure Island", where Long John Silver becomes Long Jane Silver, featuring his then-wife Hetty Baynes, and a cast of singing and dancing pirates. (Timon88)
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The Insatiable Mrs. Kirsch (1993)
A writer taking a rest in a country hotel is obsessed with a strange woman in the same hotel. The woman seems to observe him in provocative ways, but he does not dare to approach her. One day he follows her to her room and listen to strange "erotic" sounds from inside, and begins to have erotic thoughts. (imdb)
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The Mystery of Dr Martinu (1993)
Film about the Czech composer Bohuslav Martinu, charting his influences and obsessions and his search for a true voice, through a dramatic analysis of Martinu's dreams.
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Lady Chatterley (1993)
Lady Constance Chatterley is married to the handicapped Sir Clifford Chatterley, who was wounded in the First World War. When they move to his family's estate, Constance (Connie) meets their tough-yet-quiet groundskeeper, Oliver Mellors. Soon, she discovers that the source of her unhappiness is from not being fulfilled in love, and in turning to the arms of Mellors, she has a sexual awakening that will change her thoughts forever. (imdb)
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The Secret Life of Arnold Bax (1992)
Ken Russell played the composer Arnold Bax
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Whore (1991)
This choppy melodrama investigates the life of a prostitute in a pseudo-documentary style. The bottom line of the film is that a life of a hooker isn't easy... (imdb)
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Prisoner of Honor (1991)
Set in turn-of-the-century France about an anti-Semitic army officer who challenges the massive government coverup in the imprisonment of Alfred Dreyfus for espionage.
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The Russia House (1990)
An expatriate British publisher unexpectedly finds himself working for British intelligence to investigate people in Russia. (imdb)
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Women and Men: Stories of Seduction (1990)
Three short stories come to the screen, each focused on a man and a woman. The first is set in the 1940s, the other two in the 1920s. In "The Man in a Brooks Brothers Suit," a businessman of about 40 plies a younger Leftist women with liquor aboard a train... (imdb)
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The Strange Affliction of Anton Bruckner (1990)
Dramatisation of the life of composer Anton Bruckner. (BFI)
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Méphistophélès (1989)
In Ken Russell's modern interpretation of Arrigo Borito's Il Mefestefele, Faust is an ageing hippy. He smokes marijuana and is tormented by his lost youth. Mephisto makes a bet with God that he can turn anyone to pagan life, even someone as innocent as Faust. From then on it is a battle of good against evil in a flamboyant, surreal display of primary colours, PVC costumes, nurses with swastikas, rocket trips, love and even characters dressed as Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse.
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The Rainbow (1989)
Ken Russell's rather loose adaptation of the last part of D.H. Lawrence's "The Rainbow" sees impulsive young Ursula coming of age in pastoral England around the time of the Boer War... (imdb)
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A British Picture (1989)
Ken Russell's autobiographical film
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Salome
In 1892, Oscar Wilde (Nickolas Grace) arrives at a high-class brothel where a surprise awaits - the brothel keeper (Stratford Johns) is staging his play "Salome," with parts played by prostitutes. (Hulu.com)
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The Lair of the White Worm (1988)
Scottish archaelogist Angus Flint discovers an odd skull amid the ruins of a convent which he is excavating... (imdb)
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Aria (1987)
Ten short pieces directed by ten different directors, including Ken Russell, Jean-Luc Godard, Robert Altman, Bruce Beresford, and Nicolas Roeg. Each short uses an aria as soundtrack/sound (Vivaldi, Bach, Wagner), and is an interpretation of the particular aria. (imdb)
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Gothic (1986)
Story of the night that Mary Shelley gave birth to the horror classic "Frankenstein." (imdb)
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Faust (1985)
Faust (1985) - TV Movie
The philosopher Faust is profoundly depressed by his inaptitude to reach fulfillment through knowledge and thinks of committing suicide. He damns happiness, science and faith and calls on Satan to guide him. Méphistophélès agrees to fulfill the wishes of the philosopher, in exchange for his services in the infernal regions. Faust signs then the document and is transformed into a noble young person.
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Crimes of Passion (1984)
A sportswear designer leads a double life as a hooker named China Blue. One of her clients, a divorced man, decides he loves her and figures out who she is. He then begins wooing her, which she fights against since he was a client. (imdb)
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The Planets (1983)
Based on the famous Gustav Holst musical suite, this musical film takes watchers on a magnificent journey of the planets of the Solar System. (imdb)
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Altered States (1980)
A Harvard scientist conducts experiments on himself with a hallucinatory drug and an isolation chamber that may be causing him to regress genetically. (imdb)
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The Kids Are Alright (1979)
Through concert performances and interviews, this film offers us an "inside look" at this famous rock group... (imdb)
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Valentino (1977)
In 1926 the tragic and untimely death of a silent screen actor caused female moviegoers to riot in the streets and in some cases to commit suicide - that actor was Rudolph Valentino. Ballroom dancer Valentino manipulated his good looks and animal-like grace into a Hollywood career. His smouldering love making, tinged with a touch of masterful cruelty, expressed a sexuality which was at once both shocking and sensual. (imdb)
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Tommy (1975)
A deaf, dumb and blind boy becomes a master pinball player and the object of a religious cult because of that.
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Lisztomania (1975)
A wild and imaginitive send-up of the bawdy life of Romantic composer/piano virtuoso Franz Liszt (played by The Who's Roger Daltrey)... (imdb)
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Mahler (1974)
The story is then recounted in a series of flashbacks, taking one through Mahler's turbulent childhood, his brother's suicide, his experience with anti-semitism, his conversion from Judaism to Catholicism, and his marital problems.
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Savage Messiah (1972)
Biographical film of the life of French sculptor Henri Gaudier-Brzeska.
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The Boyfriend (1971)
The assistant stage manager of a small-time theatrical company (Polly Browne) is forced to understudy for the leading lady (Rita) at a matinee performance at which an illustrious Hollywood director (Cecil B. DeThrill) is in the audience scouting for actors to be in his latest "all-talking, all-dancing, all-singing" extravaganza.(imdb)
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The Devils (1971)
Cardinal Richelieu and his power-hungry entourage seek to take control of pre-rennaisance France, but need to destroy Father Grandier... (imdb)
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All Talking... All Singing... All Dancing (1971)
A behind-the-scenes short for the musical film The Boy Friend (1971)
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Dance of the Seven Veils (1970)
Ken Russell's controversial caricature of the composer Richard Strauss
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The Music Lovers (1970)
The compelling and bizarre story of Tchaikovsky's life and music. In Ken Russell's own words: "It's the story of the marriage between a homosexual and a nymphomaniac." (imdb)
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Women in Love (1969)
This is an exploration of the relationships, personalities, and philosophies of two men and two women in the high society of the early 1900s... (imdb)
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Song of Summer: Frederick Delius (1968)
Traces last 5 years of the life of Frederick Delius through the eyes of a young composer called Eric Fenby.
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Billion Dollar Brain (1967)
A former British spy stumbles into in a plot to overthrow Communism with the help of a supercomputer. But who is working for whom? (imdb)
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Dante
Documentary recreating life among the Pre-Raphaelites in their country retreat - a dramatised biography of Dante Gabriel Rossetti. (BFI)
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Russell at Work (1966)
Documentary shows Ken Russell at work on various BBC TV documentaries, with clips from Diary of a Nobody, The Debussy Film, Always on Sunday, Don't Shoot the Composer, Elgar and behind the scenes directing of Isadora Duncan. He discusses his working methods and filmmaking philosophy and is also shown at home entertaining his daughter Victoria. (imdb)
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Isadora Duncan, the Biggest Dancer in the World (1966)
A BBC TV film based on the life of the American dancer Isadora Duncan
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The Debussy Film (1965)
Ken Russell's film-within-a-film about the French composer
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Always on Sunday (1965)
Always On Sunday is a bio-pic on Le (Henri) Douanier Rousseau, a French naive painter. (imdb)
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French Dressing (1964)
A deckchair attendant in the run-down seaside resort of Gormleigh-on-Sea is promoted to publicity officer. In an effort to drum up interest in the town he organises a film festival and invites a major French film star. The event is soon thrown into chaos by the machinations of jealous mayors from rival towns.
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Elgar (1962)
Elgar (1962) - TV Episode
A partly dramatised account of the life of Sir Edward Elgar classical composer. Huw Wheldon narrates the life story over backdrops of beautiful mountain scenery, especially memorable is the image of young Elgar riding his horse around Malvern Hills (imdb)
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Pop Goes the Easel (1962)
A portrait of pop artists Peter Blake, Derek Boshier, Pauline Boty, and Peter Phillips. (BFI)
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Lotte Lenya Sings Kurt Weill (1961)
Lenya sings songs by Kurt Weill her husband, the composer who worked with Bertolt Brecht- Mack the Knife, Pirate Jenny, Sarabaya Johnny and Alabama Song. Huw Wheldon introduces each song, then Lenya sings.
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London Moods (1961)
London Moods (1961) - Short Film
Three musical treatments (Edward Elgar, Christopher Whelen, Ralph Vaughan Williams) of London.
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Antonio Gaudi (1961)
Ken Russell's portrait of the great Spanish architect
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The Miner
Lively Ken Russell BBC documentary about a colliery band competition.
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Shelagh Delaney
Shelagh Delaney, the author of A Taste of Honey, looks at Salford, where she grew up and where the action of her plays takes place.
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A House in Bayswater (1960)
A personal and nostalgic film about an apartment building in Bayswater, where Russell once lived, and about the residents who inhabited it. The building is demolished to make way for an unattractive and bland office. (imdb)
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Amelia and the Angel (1957)
A young girl (Amelia) is distressed and feeling guilty about losing the wings she was to wear in her school play. Then she notices an angel and follows the angel into a dark building. Upstairs in the attic, bathed in heavenly light, is an artist's model - the ANGEL. The painter ascends a ladder until he is out of shot - supposedly to heaven-and reappears to restore Amelia's joy with a pair of wings (imdb)
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Knights on Bikes (1956)
A fantasy about a bicycle.
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Peepshow (1956)
Peepshow (1956) - Short Film
A parable made in the manner of an old silent comedy about artistry and illusion. (imdb)
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