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November 28, 2011


belle le triste

I saw Lisztomania in Towyn cinema when I was 18 or 19, with my younger sister and my MUM AND DAD! The moments we cherish...


I'm sure I remember that when his Wagner film was shown on Channel Four, perhaps even in its first week or transmission, the announcer said something like "that's quite enough of that" at the end.


I admit I spent some time assuming that Ken Russell had been invented by Private Eye before I discovered that, no, he was real, and so was Neasden.


This seems to strike the right note.

I was very impressed with Altered States and Tommy, which don't seem to make it to the top of most lists.And the review I saw of The Fall of the Louse of Usher did make me want to have seen it.

Barry Freed

I'd forgotten that Russell had done Altered States. Wonderful film that. It's incredible that The Devils is still being subject to censorship and there's not an unexpurgated version publicly available (just read the Wikipedia entry on it, there's still all kinds of shenangians being played with it). I find I'm seized by a sudden perverse urge to see The Lair of the White Worm and Gothic again but I think I'll settle for his early BBC work which my public library actually has on DVD and I don't recall ever having seen.


That bit in Tommy where a bunch of people in eye masks and earplugs are compulsively playing pinball machines reminds me of twitter, for some reason.

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