Henry Kenneth Alfred "Ken" Russell (3 July 1927 – 27 November 2011) was an English film director, known for his pioneering work in television and film and for his flamboyant and controversial style. He attracted criticism as being obsessed with sexuality and the church. His films often dealt with the lives of famous composers or were based on other works of art which he adapted loosely. Russell began directing for the BBC, where he made 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). Classical musicians and conductors held him in high regard for his story-driven biopics of various composers, most famously Elgar, Delius, Liszt, Mahler and Tchaikovsky.
British film critic Mark Kermode speaking in 2006, and 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. Later in his life he turned to making experimental films such as Lion's Mouth and Revenge of the Elephant Man, and they are as edgy and 'out there' as ever".
Ken Russell died on 27 November 2011, at the age of 84, of natural causes.
Other articles related to "ken russell, ken, russell":
... An Appalling Talent Ken Russell ... Ken Russell The Adaptor as Creator ... Ken Russell ...
... Henry Kenneth Alfred "Ken" Russell (3 July 1927 - 27 November 2011) was an English director of such films as The Music Lovers, The Devils, The Boy ... Since entering the house Ken prevented many of the other housemates from sleeping due to his excessive snoring ... Danielle informed Ken of his snoring on Day 3 which led to many of the housemates pondering over a solution ...
... Solo 1971 Fiddler on the Roof ‡ Norman Jewison Norman Jewison The Boy Friend Ken Russell Harry Benn Ken Russell Kotch Jack Lemmon Producer A New Leaf Elaine May ... Blake Edwards Shampoo Hal Ashby Warren Beatty Tommy Ken Russell Ken Russell Robert Stigwood 1976 A Star Is Born Frank Pierson Jon Peters Bugsy Malone Alan Parker Alan Marshall The Pink Panther ...
... Braxton lost primary 4% House District 4 Duplin County, Onslow County (part) Russell E ... Russell Capps won primary, 58% unopposed in general election Thayne N ... Willis lost primary, 39% Russell C ...
Famous quotes containing the words russell and/or ken:
“Let us be of good cheer, however, remembering that the misfortunes hardest to bear are those which never come.”
—James Russell Lowell (18191891)
“Is America a land of God where saints abide for ever? Where golden fields spread fair and broad, where flows the crystal river? Certainly not flush with saints, and a good thing, too, for the saints sent buzzing into mans ken now are but poor- mouthed ecclesiastical film stars and cliché-shouting publicity agents.
Their little knowledge bringing them nearer to their ignorance,
Ignorance bringing them nearer to death,
But nearness to death no nearer to God.”
—Sean OCasey (18841964)