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Savage Messiah
     

Savage Messiah

Director: Ken Russell, Dorothy Tutin, Scott Antony, Helen Mirren

Cast: Ken Russell, Dorothy Tutin, Scott Antony, Helen Mirren

 
Based on the book of the same name by H.S. Ede, eccentric director Ken Russell created this biographical drama of a great early 20th century artist who died tragically young. Henri Gaudier (Scott Anthony) is only 18 years old, a self-taught Parisian sculptor of enormous talent but prone to rash, exuberant behavior. Henri meets and begins a platonic but emotionally

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Based on the book of the same name by H.S. Ede, eccentric director Ken Russell created this biographical drama of a great early 20th century artist who died tragically young. Henri Gaudier (Scott Anthony) is only 18 years old, a self-taught Parisian sculptor of enormous talent but prone to rash, exuberant behavior. Henri meets and begins a platonic but emotionally intense relationship with Sophie Brzeksa (Dorothy Tutin), a cultured Polish woman 20 years his senior. The relationship between Henri and Sophie remains inspired and impassioned, if not sexual, and her air of intelligent refinement positively impacts his life and work. Eventually, the couple moves to London, where Henri takes his partner's last name, and his star rises in the art world as the chief proponent of Vorticism, an offshoot of Cubism and Futurism. In real life, Henri Gaudier-Brzeska was a signer of the Vorticist Manifesto and a founder of The London School along with his patron, Ezra Pound, but his genius was not recognized until after his death. Gaudier-Brzeska was killed at the age of only 24 in WWI, a French Army hero who had been twice promoted for bravery.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/27/2011
UPC:
0883316331088
Original Release:
1972
Source:
Warner Archives
Time:
1:39:00
Sales rank:
29,411

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dorothy Tutin Sophie Brzeska
Scott Antony Henri Gaudier-Brzeska
Helen Mirren Gosh Smith-Boyle
Lindsay Kemp Angus Corky
Michael Gough Mons. Gaudier
John Justin Lionel Shaw
Maggie Maxwell Tart
Peter Vaughan Louvre Attendant
Eleanor Fazan Mme. Gaudier
Robert Lang Maj. Boyle
Aubrey Richards Mayor
Judith Paris Kate
Imogen Claire Mavis Coldstream
Ben Aris Thomas Buff
Otto Diamant Mr. Saltzman
Paul McDowell Agitator
Howard Goorney Gendarme
Henry Woolf Gendarme
Claire Marshall Maid
Alexei Jawdokimov Library Student

Technical Credits
Ken Russell Director,Producer
Harry Benn Associate Producer
Michael Bradsell Editor
Dick Bush Cinematographer
Graham Ford Asst. Director
Michael Garrett Score Composer
Michael Garrett Score Composer
Derek Jarman Production Designer
George Lack Art Director
Christopher Logue Screenwriter
Shirley Russell Costumes/Costume Designer
Neville C. Thompson Production Manager
Dorothy Tutin Songwriter
Ian Whittaker Set Decoration/Design
Freddie Williamson Makeup

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