In 1926 the tragic and untimely death of a silent screen actor caused female moviegoers to riot in the streets and in some cases to commit suicide - that actor was Rudolph Valentino. ... See full summary »
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.
Set in France Oscar Wilde (so it appears) visits a local theatre and is surprised by their retelling of his own work ""Salome'" the story line then digresses in to a VERY twisted portrayal ... 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 »
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 »
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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Offbeat drama about the sculptor Henry Gaudier and his lover
This is an impressive story about the outlandish affair between the Polish Sophie Brzeska (Dorothy Tutin) and sculptor Henry Gaudier (Scott Anthony). Meanwhile , he falls in love with a rebel suffragist (Helen Mirren) . At the ending , Gaudier died in action during WWI at 10 p.m , near of Neaville(France) at 23 years old.
This is an intense and thoughtful tale about the platonic relationship proceeded in a Russel's style . It's a convincing picture though relies heavily on the stormy relationship between the great artist Henry Gaudier and Sophie Brzeska . As the film displays Russel trademarks , extreme angle cameras , excessive facial close-ups , utilization of numerous camera shots with primary colors and overblown visuals . Excellent cast with deliberately theatrical performances . Magnificent main players and secondary actors , such as : Helen Mirren , John Justin , Lindsay Kemp , Michael Gough and Peter Vaughn , among others . Glamorous cinematography with exceptional attention to period detail and captivating images by Dick Bush , Hammer's usual cameraman . The motion picture was well directed in flamboyance style by Ken Rusell . He's an expert director , whose greatest success was in the 70s making offbeat musical biographies , such as : 'Mahler' , 'Lizstomania' , 'Music lovers'(Tchaikovsky) ; besides , he directed other hits , as 'Women in love' , 'Valentino' and 'The Devils' , and today still directing , as 'Moll Flanders' in production . This oddball biographic chronicle will appeal to Ken Russell aficionados .
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