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Films By Ken Russell

Amelia and the Angel (Ken Russell, 1957)
An internationally acclaimed amateur film about a little girl in search of a pair of angel's wings. ... Read more

BARTOK (Ken Russell, 1964)
Russell is finally permitted to use a real person in close-up in a highly stylised meditation on the Hungarian born Bartok. ... "The film's structure is even more significant, especially the counter … Read more

DELIUS: A SONG OF SUMMER (Ken Russell, 1968)
One of Russell's most popular television works, inspired by Eric Fenby's memoir Delius As I Knew Him. The film centres upon the blind and paralysed composer Frederick Delius (Max Adrian), living out … Read more

ELGAR (Ken Russell, 1962)
Monitor's 100th program and a highly romantic interpretation of Elgar's life. For the first time actors in a documentary were permitted to play living persons on screen but only in long shot and in n… Read more

ISADORA DUNCAN: THE BIGGEST DANCER IN THE WORLD (Ken Russell, 1966)
Russell portrays the flamboyant dancer as a self-indulgent exhibitionist and vulgarian intent on shocking the world with her self-consciously outrageous behaviour, promoting the image of a free-spiri… Read more

Pop Goes the Easel (Ken Russell, 1962)
Monitor cameras spend a day — from dawn until midnight — with four young artists who between them have won critical acclaim, exhibition prizes and Art Council awards. Each of them has sou… Read more

PROKOFIEV: PORTRAIT OF A SOVIET COMPOSER (Ken Russell, 1961)
The earliest example of Russell's composer portrait work is a fascinating biography of Sergei Prokofiev which utilise stock footage from Soviet propagand newsreels, stills and live action shots of ha… Read more

WHORE (Ken Russell, 1990)
Meryl Streep recently said that if a Martian were to visit Earth and were only to view recent Hollywood movies, it would assume the primary profession of women is prostitution. And given the glamouri… Read more

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