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 prostitute Liz works on the streets of Los Angeles. She recalls her life in flashback, when she marries an alcoholic man. She leaves him with their son. Then she works as waitress in a ... See full summary »
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Ten short pieces directed by ten different directors, including Ken Russell, Jean-Luc Godard, Robert Altman, Bruce Beresford, and Nicolas Roeg. Each short uses an aria as soundtrack/sound (... See full summary »
This documentary begins with Ken Russell posing the question: "What is a true English folk song, if there is such a thing?" After recieving an indifferent response from his dog, Ken ... See full summary »
Low-budget but characteristically affectionate biopic
Just found this on an old VHS, and re-watched it with great pleasure. Evidently made on a shoestring budget, but Russell made the best of that by finding evocative locations (in the UK) and keeping the furnishings for the interior shots (bathroom, bedroom etc) stylishly minimalist. And he gets a big thumbs-up from me for choosing the idiosyncratic but passionate Jochum performances of the symphonies for the soundtrack.
Despite all the brickbats, Russell's musical biopics - for me - are genuinely deeply felt portrayals by someone who really loves and understands the music. This one deserves to be better known. How will posterity regard this quirky but lovable director?
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