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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

In order to save money, copies of uncopyrighted Soviet recordings of Claude Debussy and Alexander Scriabin were made. 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

Henri Gaudier: Ah, you'll like my mother. She's wonderful.
Sophie Brzeska: I thought your mother lived in the country.
Henri Gaudier: Oh, that's my natural mother. My real mother is...
[produces photograph]
Sophie Brzeska: The Louvre! Aww, rubbish. 'Pretentious townhouse full of junk stolen from savages.'
Henri Gaudier: Art is made from art.
Sophie Brzeska: That's not what you said yesterday...
Henri Gaudier: That was yesterday!
Sophie Brzeska: Look! You said, and don't you dare tell me I'm wrong, that today's art cannot be made from anything except today!
Henri Gaudier: And where do you think today comes from, huh? Yesterday. Or ...
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Connections

Referenced in Celebrity Naked Ambition (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No.2
(uncredited)
Music by Sulkhan Nasidze
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A Striking Portrait of Creative Energy:
10 July 2000 | by (geneva, Switzerland) – See all my reviews

Among the best of Ken Russell's films, this work probes, again, the nature of artistic genius, the mores of artists during the last 150 years and, especially, the proximity of this form of genius to psycho-pathology. During this period-- 1968 to 1975-- the period of Russell's greatest popularity, infamy and exposure coincided with a formative period of my life. He was ' a god of my adolescence.' This is a powerful and important film, based on Ede's book. If you have the opportunity to go to England, visit Ede's house, now a museum, in Cambridge city. The Kettle's Yard.


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