In 17th-century France, Father Urbain Grandier seeks to protect the city of Loudun from the corrupt establishment of Cardinal Richelieu. Hysteria occurs within the city when he is accused of witchcraft by a sexually repressed nun.
Story of the night that Mary Shelley gave birth to the horror classic "Frankenstein." Disturbed drug induced games are played and ghost stories are told one rainy night at the mad Lord ... See full summary »
The battle of the sexes and relationships among the elite of Britian's industrial Midlands in the 1920s. Gerald Crich and Rupert Berkin are best friends who fall in love with a pair of ... See full summary »
Scottish archaeologist Angus Flint discovers an odd skull amid the ruins of a convent that he is excavating. Shortly thereafter, Lady Sylvia Marsh returns to Temple House, a nearby mansion,... See full summary »
The thirty year-old hard-worker Bobby Grady is married with two children with the frigid Amy Grady and their marriage is in crisis. Bobby is invited to work in the night shift for the owner... See full summary »
Beaty is a prostitute working out of a high-class London cabaret where Emory is a technician. They begin an affair encumbered by her job, his lack of money, and their pasts: Beaty has a ... See full summary »
This sprawling, surrealist musical serves as an allegory for the pitfalls of capitalism, as it follows the adventures of a young coffee salesman in Europe. Many actors play multiple roles, giving the film a stagy tone.
The mock "Polish folk song" that Sophie (Dorothy Tutin) sings at the posh dinner party was "composed" (improvised) by the actress herself. See more »
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
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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