Composer and pianist Franz Liszt (Roger Daltrey) attempts to overcome his hedonistic life-style while repeatedly being drawn back into it by the many women in his life and fellow composer Richard Wagner (Paul Nicholas).
In 1926, the tragic and untimely death of a silent screen actor caused female movie-goers to riot in the streets and in some cases to commit suicide - that actor was Rudolph Valentino. ... See full summary »
An evil feudal lord rapes a village girl on her wedding night and proceeds to ruin her and her husband's lives. After she's eventually banished from her village, the girl makes a pact with the devil to gain magical ability and take revenge.
This was shown in 1983 on the South Bank Show. It is a complete performance of The Planets by (as far as I remember) the Chicago Symphony. What makes it special is Ken Russell's film footage. This is a collage of real film clips from documentaries, adverts and newsreels from around the world and spanning a fairly wide period of time. I seem to remember reading in the Radio Times at the time this was broadcast, that he had been given permission to make this film by Holst's daughter, and the main constraint was that he was not to use footage showing the atrocities of war. It could be argued that his choice of film to accompany Mars is all the more sinister and poignant because of what is omitted. This is a very unusual, stunning film which appears to have been forgotten over the years. A re-showing would, I am sure, inspire interest in the availability of a DVD or video. It is disappointing that this film is not available, and it would be a real tragedy if it disappeared without trace. Somewhere there must be a copy of this film, and I would dearly love to get hold of a copy!
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