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Savage Messiah (1972)

R  |   |  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 overview, first billed only:
Dorothy Tutin ...
Sophie Brzeska
Scott Antony ...
Henri Gaudier
Gosh Boyle
Lindsay Kemp ...
Angus Corky
M. Gaudier
John Justin ...
Lionel Shaw
Aubrey Richards ...
Museum Attendant
Ben Aris ...
Thomas Buff
Eleanor Fazan ...
Mdme. Gaudier
Otto Diamant ...
Mr. Saltzman
Imogen Claire ...
Mavis Coldstream
Maggy Maxwell ...
Susanna East ...
Judith Paris ...


Biographical film of the life of French sculptor Henri Gaudier-Brzeska.

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All art is sex!


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Barbár messiás  »

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A sequence featuring Ken Russell was shot but later scrapped. He can still be seen getting off a train car in the railway station segment. See more »


Sophie, a native speaker of Polish, is shown mispronouncing the Polish word rysowac' 'to draw': she says REE-so-vak although the correct Polish pronunciation is (approximately) rih-SOH-vats' (with the final -ts' sound pronounced palatalized, almost like -tch). See more »


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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Four Marches, Op.69
Music by Sergei Prokofiev
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Helen Mirren's unforgettable staircase scene
17 January 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I remember seeing this in theaters in the early seventies ( it never seems to be on television nor is it available on DVD). The two scenes I remember best were Dorothy Ttin savagely cutting up vegetables and Helen Mirren's Gosh Boyle descending the staircase nude in all her youthful and voluptuous glory. What a memorable moment. The rest of the film seemed to be about this modern sculptor/welder/whatever who had the typical artistic characteristics of ego and insensitivity. I remember that Helen Mirren's character was not exactly admirable but she was so stunning in that staircase scene that I did not care. Mirren has since ( and before in Age of Consent) done some great nude or semi-nude scenes but this is the one she will be remembered for.

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