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Savage Messiah (1972)

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

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Sophie Brzeska
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Henri Gaudier
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Gosh Boyle
Lindsay Kemp ...
Angus Corky
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M. Gaudier
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Lionel Shaw
Aubrey Richards ...
Mayor
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Museum Attendant
Ben Aris ...
Thomas Buff
Eleanor Fazan ...
Mdme. Gaudier
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Mr. Saltzman
Imogen Claire ...
Mavis Coldstream
Maggy Maxwell ...
Tart
Susanna East ...
Pippa
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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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September 1972 (UK)  »

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Barbár messiás  »

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Trivia

Early in the film, Henri Gaudier is seen in the employ of a certain Mr. Saltzman, who hires him, not to create original works as he would like, but to make copies of other people's work. This may be a private joke on director Ken Russell's part, as the producer Harry Saltzman had some years earlier hired him, ostensibly with a view to producing one of Russell's personal projects (a film about Tchaikowsky), but in actual fact to make the third film in the "Harry Palmer" series, Billion Dollar Brain (1967). Russell eventually made the Tchaikowsky film (The Music Lovers (1970)) without Saltzman. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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Connections

Referenced in Moulin Rouge! (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Castaldo March
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Music by Rudolf Novacek
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a fine film on the nature of art by Ken Russel
27 October 2003 | by See all my reviews

This one is arty in such an unconventional and politically incorrect way, that surprises the viewer. Though old in style, it's 'fresh' in ideas and context.

It's the 3rd or 4rth Ken Russel film I got to see. Altered states, Music lover, Gothic, all rule in their own universe. And so does Savage Messiah.

RECOMMENDED TO ALL WHO ARE INTERESTED IN THE TRUE NATURE OF ART

I sure loved it!


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