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Ken Russell (I) (1927–2011)

Ken Russell tried several professions, before choosing to become a film director. He was a still photographer, a dancer and even served in the army, but it was film that was to be Mr. Russell's destiny. He began by making several short films, and those paved the way for his brilliant television films of the sixties that are acclaimed for his ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 12 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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 2009 Boudica Bites Back (Short)
 2007 A Kitten for Hitler (Short)
 2006 Trapped Ashes (segment "The Girl With Golden Breasts")
 2006 Sarah Brightman: Diva - The Video Collection (Video) (videos "The Phantom of the Opera", "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again")
 2002 Elgar: Fantasy of a Composer on a Bicycle (TV Movie documentary)
 2000 Lion's Mouth (Short)
 1998 Dogboys (TV Movie)
 1996 Tales of Erotica (segment "Insatiable Mrs. Kirsch, The")
 1996 Mindbender (TV Movie)
 1995 Alice in Russialand (TV Movie)
 1995 Classic Widows (TV Movie documentary)
 1995 Treasure Island (TV Movie)
 1993 The Mystery of Dr Martinu (TV Movie)
 1993 Lady Chatterley (TV Mini-Series) (4 episodes)
- Episode #1.4 (1993)
- Episode #1.3 (1993)
- Episode #1.2 (1993)
- Episode #1.1 (1993)
 1992 The Secret Life of Arnold Bax (TV Movie)
 1992 Andrew Lloyd Webber: The Premiere Collection Encore (Video) (segment "The Phantom of the Opera")
 1991 Road to Mandalay (TV Movie documentary)
 1991 Prisoner of Honor (TV Movie)
 1991 Whore
 1990 Women and Men: Stories of Seduction (TV Movie) (segment "Dusk Before Fireworks")
 1989 Il Mefistofele (TV Movie)
 1989 The Rainbow
 1989 A British Picture (TV Movie)
 1988 Ken Russell's ABC of British Music (TV Movie documentary)
 1987 Aria (segment "Nessun dorma")
 1986 Gothic
 1985 Faust (TV Movie)
 1984 The South Bank Show (TV Series documentary) (1 episode)
 1983 The Planets (TV Movie documentary)
 1978 Clouds of Glory (TV Mini-Series) (2 episodes)
 1977 Valentino
 1975 Lisztomania
 1975 Tommy
 1974 Mahler
 1971 The Devils
 1969 Women in Love
 1966 Isadora Duncan, the Biggest Dancer in the World (TV Movie documentary)
 1966 Sunday Night (TV Series documentary) (1 episode)
 1959-1965 Monitor (TV Series documentary) (23 episodes)
- Always on Sunday (1965)
- The Debussy Film (1965)
- Bela Bartok (1964)
- Bartok (1964)
 1964 Lonely Shore (TV Movie)
 1964 Six (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1964 French Dressing (as Kenneth Russell)
 1962 Mr. Chesher's Traction Engines (TV Movie)
 1962 Preservation Man (TV Movie)
 1961 Antonio Gaudi (TV Short documentary)
 1961 London Moods (TV Short documentary)
 1960 Cranko at Work (TV Short documentary)
 1960 Shelagh Delaney's Salford (TV Short documentary)
 1960 A House in Bayswater (Documentary short)
 1960 Architecture of Entertainment (TV Short documentary)
 1959 Portrait of a Goon (TV Short documentary)
 1959 Guitar Craze (TV Short)
 1959 Amelia and the Angel (Short)
 1959 Poet's London (TV Short documentary)
 1958 Lourdes (Short)
 1956 Knights on Bikes (Short) (incompleted)
 1956 Peepshow (Short)
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Presented his own trailers on Channel 4 for a season of his movies on digital channel More4. See more »

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8 Print Biographies | 6 Interviews | 7 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

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Alternate Names:

Alfred Russell | Alf Russell | Kenneth Russell


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Sir Richard 'I'm-going-to-attack-the-Establishment-fifty-years-after-it's-dead' Attenborough is guilty of caricature, a sense of righteous self-satisfaction, and repetition which all undermine the impact of the film. See more »


Considers his best film to be Omnibus: Song of Summer: Frederick Delius (1968), which he directed for the BBC. When discussing the film he said, "This is the best film I have ever made... I don't think I would have done a single shot differently". See more »


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