Ken Russell at the BBC

Ken Russell at the BBC

     
 

Before gaining worldwide fame sor such daring and flamboyant films as The Music Lovers, Tommy, and Altered States, English director Ken Russell cut his teeth at the BBC, making groundbreaking documentaries that featured re-enactments, and setting new standards in filmmaking. This collection of Russell's early work -- including portraits ofSee more details below

Overview

Before gaining worldwide fame sor such daring and flamboyant films as The Music Lovers, Tommy, and Altered States, English director Ken Russell cut his teeth at the BBC, making groundbreaking documentaries that featured re-enactments, and setting new standards in filmmaking. This collection of Russell's early work -- including portraits of composers Sir Edward Elgar, Claude Debussy, and Frederick Delius, painters Henri Rousseau and Dante Gabriel Rosetti, and American dancer Isodora Duncan -- shows his love of all the fine arts and paves the way for a brilliant, if controversial, career that has spanned six decades.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
For a film director whose very name could stir up fistfights among cinema enthusiasts during the 1970s, it’s striking how little remembered Ken Russell has become. Although he’s still active in his native Britain, Russell hasn’t had a Stateside hit since 1980’s Altered States, and in that time a new generation or two of cinematic bad boys has stepped into the rebel slot that must perennially be filled. Still, anyone of an age to have experienced Russell’s flamboyantly over-the-top, socially contentious, and sexually forthcoming work on release, or those who brave viewing it on DVD, know that this was a director, who, for all his glaring self-indulgence and slam-bang provocation, is not to be simply dismissed as merely a product of his time. If the relatively staid Women in Love remains the “safe” masterpiece, the visual and narrative tumult of films like Tommy and Lisztomania retain the power to polarize audiences today. Large budgets were part and parcel of Russell’s grand mature vision, but to see what he could do with restricted means, turn to Ken Russell at the BBC, a three-disc set that collects six of his made-for-television biographies of celebrated artists. With a touch that grew ever more assured following the convention-bound Elgar of 1962, Russell skillfully employs lush lyricism, self-conscious experimentation, overt emotionality, irreverent humor, and high seriousness in absorbing portraits of such iconic figures as Isadora Duncan, Henri Rousseau, Claude Debussy, and Frederick Delius. Outrageous stuff? Not yet, but Russell was just warming up.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/23/2008
UPC:
0883929019694
Rating:
NR
Source:
Bbc Warner
Region Code:
1
Time:
6:49:00

Special Features

Ken Russell in Conversation; Late Night Line-Up: Russell at Work

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Ken Russell at the BBC
1. Chapter 1 [9:24]
2. Chapter 2 [8:22]
3. Chapter 3 [9:29]
4. Chapter 4 [6:44]
5. Chapter 5 [12:12]
6. Chapter 6 [8:30]
1. Chapter 1 [14:16]
2. Chapter 2 [15:17]
3. Chapter 3 [12:00]
4. Chapter 4 [10:19]
5. Chapter 5 [2:54]
6. Chapter 6 [12:40]
1. Chapter 1 [8:39]
2. Chapter 2 [8:40]
3. Chapter 3 [8:59]
4. Chapter 4 [5:09]
5. Chapter 5 [7:00]
6. Chapter 6 [6:38]
Disc #2 -- Ken Russell at the BBC
1. Chapter 1 [10:03]
2. Chapter 2 [9:30]
3. Chapter 3 [9:22]
4. Chapter 4 [13:19]
5. Chapter 5 [12:05]
6. Chapter 6 [8:12]
1. Chapter 1 [14:17]
2. Chapter 2 [16:01]
3. Chapter 3 [15:33]
4. Chapter 4 [13:54]
5. Chapter 5 [14:31]
6. Chapter 6 [13:02]
Disc #3 -- Ken Russell at the BBC
1. Chapter 1 [11:11]
2. Chapter 2 [12:56]
3. Chapter 3 [13:22]
4. Chapter 4 [10:33]
5. Chapter 5 [13:09]
6. Chapter 6 [11:00]

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