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Savage Messiah (1972)

 -  Biography | Drama  -  September 1972 (UK)
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Biographical film of the life of French sculptor Henri Gaudier-Brzeska.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dorothy Tutin ...
Sophie Brzeska
Scott Antony ...
Henri Gaudier
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Gosh Boyle
Lindsay Kemp ...
Angus Corky
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M. Gaudier
John Justin ...
Lionel Shaw
Aubrey Richards ...
Mayor
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Museum Attendant
Ben Aris ...
Thomas Buff
Eleanor Fazan ...
Mdme. Gaudier
Otto Diamant ...
Mr. Saltzman
Imogen Claire ...
Mavis Coldstream
Maggy Maxwell ...
Tart
Susanna East ...
Pippa
Judith Paris ...
Kate
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Biographical film of the life of French sculptor Henri Gaudier-Brzeska.

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All art is sex!

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Biography | Drama

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Barbár messiás  »

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The mock "Polish folk song" that Sophie (Dorothy Tutin) sings at the posh dinner party was "composed" (improvised) by the actress herself. See more »

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Sophie Brzeska: My book is about sleep; that thick oily substance. Under the surface you float; half dreaming, half waking. Hidden, you hope, yet the world comes though. You cannot imagine the ways I've evolved to abolish myself there... under the surface. Half sleeping. Half waking. Leaving your worries and your clothes asleep. But the rent never sleeps and time never sleeps.
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Savage Messiah (1972) *** (out of four)- Uneven yet moving drama
5 June 2005 | by (America) – See all my reviews

This is perhaps the only Ken Russell film where one might find themselves moved to tears. Savage Messiah is about the life and death of Henry Gaudier, and it is one of the best films ever made about art and the process of creating it. Unfortunately the movie falls short of greatness. Many of the scenes feel like they are being rushed through, and many of the characters, including Gaudier, seem like they are on speed. Though Scott Anthony is quite good as the young sculptor Gaudier, Dorothy Tutin shines as Gaudier's mother-figure and lover. She is believable in every second of her performance.

Russell packs an emotional wallop for the finale. He uses an interesting technique throughout the film by not showing much of the artist's work. Only after we discover that Gaudier has been killed in World War I is his work revealed in what must be one of the most beautiful montages in Ken Russell's filmography. Savage Messiah is a moving film.

***(out of four)


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