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

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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Symphony No.2
(uncredited)
Music by Sulkhan Nasidze
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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 because Savage Messiah has such a quick and frenzied pace that it is distracting from the story and characters. Many of the scenes feel like they are being rushed through, and many of the characters, including Gaudier, seem like they are on speed. Scott Anthony is quite good as the young sculptor Gaudier, and 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 that must be given the full DVD treatment.

(A young Helen Mirren has a role as one of Gaudier's models/lovers. Ms. Mirren has (had) what I consider to be the most perfect female form I have ever laid my eyes upon. I feel it is my duty to thank Mr. Russell for literally showing us everything.)

***(out of four)


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