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Savage Messiah (1972)

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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Lindsay Kemp ...
Angus Corky
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M. Gaudier
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Lionel Shaw
Aubrey Richards ...
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Museum Attendant
Ben Aris ...
Thomas Buff
Eleanor Fazan ...
Mdme. Gaudier
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Mr. Saltzman
Imogen Claire ...
Mavis Coldstream
Maggy Maxwell ...
Tart
Susanna East ...
Pippa
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Kate
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Biographical film of the life of French sculptor Henri Gaudier-Brzeska.

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All art is sex! See more »

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Biography | Drama

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Barbár messiás  »

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Early in the film, Henri Gaudier is seen in the employ of a certain Mr. Saltzman, who hires him, not to create original works as he would like, but to make copies of other people's work. This may be a private joke on director Ken Russell's part, as the producer Harry Saltzman had some years earlier hired him, ostensibly with a view to producing one of Russell's personal projects (a film about Tchaikowsky), but in actual fact to make the third film in the "Harry Palmer" series, Billion Dollar Brain (1967). Russell eventually made the Tchaikowsky film (The Music Lovers (1971)) without Saltzman. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Sophie Brzeska: 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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Referenced in Moulin Rouge! (2001) See more »

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A Striking Portrait of Creative Energy:
10 July 2000 | by See all my reviews

Among the best of Ken Russell's films, this work probes, again, the nature of artistic genius, the mores of artists during the last 150 years and, especially, the proximity of this form of genius to psycho-pathology. During this period-- 1968 to 1975-- the period of Russell's greatest popularity, infamy and exposure coincided with a formative period of my life. He was ' a god of my adolescence.' This is a powerful and important film, based on Ede's book. If you have the opportunity to go to England, visit Ede's house, now a museum, in Cambridge city. The Kettle's Yard.


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