Vale: Ken Russell

Vale: KEN RUSSELL (1927 – 2011)

One of Britain’s cinemas greats died peacefully in his sleep on Sunday aged 84. He was a favourite of mine and I am saddened.

The director of the movies “Women In Love”, “The Devils” and “Tommy” was best known for his flamboyant over the top style and often caused controversy with his films.

The Oscar winning “Women In Love” (1969) featured a famous nude male wrestling scene between Oliver Reed and Alan Bates.

Look at this list of films and you will realise what an amazing talent he was.

Women In Love, The Devils, The Music Lovers, Tommy, The Boyfriend, Lisztomania, Valentino, Altered States, Gothic, Lair Of The White Worm, Crimes Of Passion, amongst many others – of course not all of them were successful both artistically or at the box office but many of them were and they always entertained.

You will be sadly missed Mr Russell – thank you so much for your film legacy.

The infamous nude wrestling scene from “Women In Love”

Roger Daltry as the pinball wizard – “Tommy”

Kathleen Turner as China Blue in “Crimes Of Passion”

Glenda Jackson in “The Music Lovers” another controversial scene


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