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Song of Summer 

Traces last 5 years of the life of Frederick Delius through the eyes of a young composer called Eric Fenby.



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Episode complete credited cast:
... Frederick Delius
Maureen Pryor ... Jelka Delius
Christopher Gable ... Eric Fenby
... Percy Grainger
Geraldine Sherman ... Girl Nextdoor
Norman James ... Doctor
... Maid
Roger Worrod ... Bruder


Based on Eric Fenby's 1936 memoir 'Delius as I knew him', it traces the last years of Frederick Delius, and Fenby's dedication in giving up five years of his life to helping the blind, paralysed composer set down the unfinished scores he could hear in his head. Perhaps the finest of the series of biographical films that Ken Russell made for the BBC in the Sixties, Song of Summer is an immensely moving story of sacrifice, idealism and musical genius. Written by Philip Kemp

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15 September 1968 (UK)  »

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Director Ken Russell has remarked that this television film is, in his opinion, the best of all the films he has ever made, either for cinema or television, and said that "I don't think I would have done a single shot differently." See more »


Frederick Delius: [introducing the eccentric stranger to Fenby] That's Percy Grainger. Sometimes, he composes.
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Featured in Ken Russell: A Bit of a Devil (2012) See more »

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Sing Of Summer SHOCK! Russell with depth and compassion!
27 March 2000 | by See all my reviews

Ken Russell Song of Summer is a sweet and beautiful composer biopic that was made for television but seems better suited for the cinema.

In fact it is a better film than most of his theatrical releases (Maybe excluding my personal favorite Mahler), with sensitive performances, humour, and an affection for its protangonists. (I know what your thinking - no bloody corpses? Writhing nudes? Swirling visuals?) No there's not much of Russell's trademark shock tactics - but the film is all the better for it.

A film I deeply respect. Try and track down a copy and you won't be disappointed. 9/10.

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