Ken Russell (I) (1927–2011)


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Ken Russell tried several professions before choosing to become a film director; he was a still photographer and a dancer and he even served in the Army, but film was his destiny. He began by making several short films which paved the way for his brilliant television films of the 1960s that are acclaimed for his attention to detail and opulent ... See full bio »

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Known For

The Devils Director
(1971)
Tommy Director
(1975)
Altered States Director
(1980)
The Boy Friend Director
(1971)

Filmography

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 2009 Boudica Bites Back (Short)
 2007 Ein Kitten für Hitler (Short)
 2006 Trapped Ashes (segment "The Girl With Golden Breasts")
 2006 Sarah Brightman: Diva - The Video Collection (Video) (videos "The Phantom of the Opera", "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again")
 2002 Elgar: Fantasy of a Composer on a Bicycle (TV Movie documentary)
 2000 Lion's Mouth (Short)
 1998 Dogboys (TV Movie)
 1996 Tales of Erotica (segment "The Insatiable Mrs. Kirsch")
 1996 Mindbender (TV Movie)
 1995 Alice in Russialand (TV Movie)
 1995 Classic Widows (TV Movie documentary)
 1995 Treasure Island (TV Movie)
 1993 Bryan Adams: Diana (Video short)
 1993 The Mystery of Dr Martinu (TV Movie)
 1993 Lady Chatterley (TV Mini Series) (4 episodes)
- Episode #1.4 (1993)
- Episode #1.3 (1993)
- Episode #1.2 (1993)
- Episode #1.1 (1993)
 1992 Andrew Lloyd Webber: The Premiere Collection Encore (Video) (segment "The Phantom of the Opera")
 1992 The Secret Life of Arnold Bax (TV Movie)
 1991 Road to Mandalay (TV Movie documentary)
 1991 Prisoner of Honor (TV Movie)
 1991 Whore
 1990 Women and Men: Stories of Seduction (TV Movie) (segment "Dusk Before Fireworks")
 1989 Il Mefistofele (TV Movie)
 1989 The Rainbow
 1989 A British Picture (TV Movie)
 1983-1988 The South Bank Show (TV Series documentary) (3 episodes)
- The Planets (1983)
 1987 Aria (segment "Nessun dorma")
 1986 Gothic (directed by)
 1986 Elton John: Cry to Heaven (Video short)
 1985 Faust (TV Movie)
 1985 Now That's What I Call Music 6 (Video) (video "She's So Beautiful")
 1985 Cliff Richard: She's So Beautiful (Video short)
 1985 Elton John: Nikita (Video short)
 1978 Clouds of Glory (TV Mini Series) (2 episodes)
 1977 Valentino
 1975 Lisztomania
 1975 Tommy
 1974 Mahler
 1971 The Devils
 1969 Women in Love
 1966 Isadora (TV Movie)
 1966 Sunday Night (TV Series documentary) (1 episode)
 1959-1965 Monitor (TV Series documentary) (22 episodes)
- Always on Sunday (1965)
- The Debussy Film (1965)
- Bartok (1964)
- Watch the Birdie (1963)
 1964 Lonely Shore (TV Short)
 1964 Six (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1962 Mr. Chesher's Traction Engines (TV Short)
 1962 Preservation Man (TV Short documentary)
 1961 Antonio Gaudi (TV Short documentary)
 1961 London Moods (TV Short documentary)
 1960 Cranko at Work (TV Short documentary)
 1960 Shelagh Delaney's Salford (TV Short documentary)
 1960 A House in Bayswater (Documentary short)
 1960 Architecture of Entertainment (TV Movie documentary)
 1959 Portrait of a Goon (TV Short documentary)
 1959 Poet's London (TV Short documentary)
 1958 Amelia and the Angel (Short)
 1958 Lourdes (Short)
 1956 Knights on Bikes (Short) (incompleted)
 1956 Peepshow (Short)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Presented his own trailers on Channel 4 for a season of his movies on digital channel More4. See more »

Publicity Listings:

8 Print Biographies | 6 Interviews | 7 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »


Alternate Names:

Alfred Russell | Alf Russell

Height:

5' 7½" (1.71 m)

Spouse:

Lisi Tribble  (his death) | See more »
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[concerning his style of biographical films] The whole idea had degenerated into a series of third-rate clichés. I wanted to dress people in old clothes and do it in a totally unreal way, and thus make it more real than ever, and in the process send up this new civil service/academic way of doing films. See more »

Trivia:

Russell once met Federico Fellini, of whom he had been a fan, outside an Italian movie studio. They approached each other and spoke briefly, complimenting each other by calling themselves "the Italian Ken Russell," and "the English Federico Fellini," respectively. See more »

Trademark:

Use of primary colors See more »

Star Sign:

Cancer

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