Ken Russell

Ken Russell

Actor, Director, Scenario Writer

BIO

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Henry Kenneth Alfred "Ken" Russell (born 3 July 1927) is an English film director. He is known for his pioneering work in television and film and for his controversial style. He has been criticized as being over-obsessed with sexuality and the church. His subject matter is often about famous composers, or based on other works of art which he adapts loosely. Russell began directing for the BBC, where he did creative adaptations of composers' lives which were unusual for the time. He also directed many feature films independently and for studios.

He is best known for his Oscar-winning film Women in Love (1969), The Devils (1971), The Who's Tommy (1975), and the science fiction film Altered States (1980).

One noted admirer, the British film critic Mark Kermode, attempting to sum up the director's achievement, called Russell; "somebody who proved that British cinema didn't have to be about kitchen-sink realism - it could be every bit as flamboyant as Fellini. He now makes very strange experimental films like Lion's Mouth and Revenge of the Elephant Man, and they are as edgy and out there as the work he made in the 1970s."

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Birthday

July 3, 1927

Place of birth

Southampton, Hampshire, England, UK

Known for

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Ken Russell: A Bit of a Devil

Following the recent death of Ken Russell, Alan Yentob looks back over the career of the flamboya... Read more

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Hell on Earth: The Desecration & Resurrection of The Devils

Hell on Earth is an hour-long documentary presented by Mark Kermode. It's about Ken Russell's 197... Read more

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Alice in Russialand

Documentary by Ken Russell that shows Alice traveling through a century of Russian's history, fro... Read more

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The Light Fantastic

While most of Ken Russell's documentaries for the BBC's Monitor arts strand focused on a single c... Read more

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Empire of the Censors

The history of film and video censorship in Great Britain. Read more

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Dante's Inferno

A movie about jealousy, and the complex and painful relationship between Rossetti and his sickly ... Read more

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A House In Bayswater

A personal and nostalgic film about an apartment building in Bayswater, where Russell once lived,... Read more

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Antonio Gaudí

A study of Antoni Gaudí's architecture (especially the Church of the Holy Trinity in Barcelona), ... Read more

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Pop Goes the Easel

Pop Goes the Easel was Ken Russell’s first full-length documentary for the BBC’s arts series Moni... Read more

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The Debussy Film

Ken Russell's bio of French composer Claude Debussy Read more

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Isadora Duncan, the Biggest Dancer in the World

The outrageous life of the American dancer of the 1920s, Isadora Duncan, whom Ken Russell describ... Read more

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Elgar

A partly dramatised account of the life of Sir Edward Elgar classical composer. Huw Wheldon narra... Read more