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Henry Kenneth Alfred "Ken" Russell (3 July 1927 – 27 November 2011) was 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."

Description above from the Wikipedia article Ken Russell, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Henry Kenneth Alfred "Ken" Russell (3 July 1927 – 27 November 2011) was 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."

Description above from the Wikipedia article Ken Russell, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia

Personal Info

Known For Directing

Gender Male

Known Credits 84

Birthday 1927-07-03

Day of Death 2011-11-27

Place of Birth Southampton, Hampshire, England, UK

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Directing TV ShowsMovies

2009 Boudica Bites Back Director
2007 A Kitten For Hitler Director
2007 Watch the Birdie Director
2006 Trapped Ashes Director
2005 The Miner's Picnic by Ken Russell Director
2004 Revenge of the Elephant Man Director
2002 Elgar: Fantasy of a Composer on a Bicycle Director
2002 The Fall of the Louse of Usher: A Gothic Tale for the 21st Century Director
2000 Lion's Mouth Director
1998 Dogboys Director
1996 Mindbender Director
1996 Tales of Erotica Director
1995 Treasure Island Director
1995 Alice in Russialand Director
1995 The Insatiable Mrs. Kirsch Director
1993 The Mystery of Dr Martinu Director
1993 Lady Chatterley (4 episodes)Director
1992 The Secret Life of Arnold Bax Director
1991 Prisoner of Honor Director
1991 Whore Director
1990 Women and Men: Stories of Seduction Director
1990 The Strange Affliction of Anton Bruckner Director
1989 The Rainbow Director
1989 A British Picture: Portrait of an Enfant Terrible Director
1989 Il Mefistofele Director
1988 The Lair of the White Worm Director
1988 Salome's Last Dance Director
1987 Aria Director
1986 Gothic Director
1985 Faust Director
1984 Crimes of Passion Director
1983 The Planets Director
1980 Altered States Director
1978 The South Bank Show (1 episode)Director
1977 Valentino Director
1975 Lisztomania Director
1975 Tommy Director
1974 Mahler Director
1972 Savage Messiah Director
1971 The Boy Friend Director
1971 The Devils Director
1970 The Music Lovers Director
1970 Dance of the Seven Veils Director
1969 Women in Love Director
1968 Song of Summer Director
1967 Dante's Inferno Director
1967 Billion Dollar Brain Director
1966 Isadora Duncan, the Biggest Dancer in the World Director
1965 Always on Sunday Director
1965 The Debussy Film Director
1964 Six (1 episode)Director
1964 Bartók Director
1964 French Dressing Director
1962 Elgar: Portrait of a Composer Director
1962 Preservation Man Director
1962 Monitor: Pop Goes the Easel Director
1962 Pop Goes the Easel Director
1962 The Lonely Shore Director
1961 London Moods Director
1961 Lotte Lenya Sings Kurt Weill Director
1961 Prokofiev Director
1961 Antonio Gaudí Director
1960 The Light Fantastic Director
1960 Shelagh Delaney's Salford Director
1960 A House In Bayswater Director
1959 From Spain to Streatham Director
1959 Variations on a Mechanical Theme Director
1958 Amelia and the Angel Director
1956 Peepshow Director
1956 Knights on Bikes Director

Acting

2012 Ken Russell: A Bit of a Devil as Himself
2010 Mr. Nice as Russell Miegs
2010 The Aristofrogs
2009 Boudica Bites Back as Roman Senator
2007 A Kitten For Hitler as Santa
2006 Trapped Ashes as Dr. Lucy
2006 Colour Me Kubrick as The Man In Nightgown
2005 Brothers of the Head as Himself
2004 Agatha Christie's Marple (1 episode)
2004 Revenge of the Elephant Man
2002 Hell on Earth: The Desecration & Resurrection of The Devils as Himself
2002 The Fall of the Louse of Usher: A Gothic Tale for the 21st Century as Dr. Calahari
2000 Waking the Dead (2 episodes)
2000 Lion's Mouth as Ken
1996 Tales of Erotica
1995 Empire of the Censors
1995 The Insatiable Mrs. Kirsch as Mr. Kirsch
1992 The Secret Life of Arnold Bax as Sir Arnold Bax
1991 Whore as Waiter
1990 The Russia House as Walter
1990 Plunder (1 episode)
1989 A British Picture: Portrait of an Enfant Terrible
1988 The Lair of the White Worm as Police Radio (voice)
1988 Salome's Last Dance as Cappadocian / Kenneth
1986 Gothic as Tourist
1978 The South Bank Show (1 episode)
1972 Savage Messiah as Passenger getting off train in station (uncredited)
1971 Director of Devils as Himself
1968 Song of Summer as Priest
1966 Russell at Work
1961 Walk With The Damned as Hood

Writing

2009 Boudica Bites Back Writer
2007 A Kitten For Hitler Writer
2004 Revenge of the Elephant Man Writer
2000 Lion's Mouth Screenplay
1996 Mindbender Writer
1995 The Insatiable Mrs. Kirsch Writer
1993 Lady Chatterley (4 episodes)Writer
1991 Whore Writer
1989 The Rainbow Screenplay
1989 A British Picture: Portrait of an Enfant Terrible Writer
1988 The Lair of the White Worm Screenplay
1988 Salome's Last Dance Screenplay
1987 Aria Writer
1977 Valentino Screenplay
1975 Lisztomania Screenplay
1975 Tommy Screenplay
1974 Mahler Writer
1971 The Boy Friend Screenplay
1971 The Devils Screenplay
1968 Song of Summer Writer
1965 Always on Sunday Scenario Writer
1965 The Debussy Film Scenario Writer
1964 Bartók Screenplay

Production

2004 Revenge of the Elephant Man Producer
1998 Dogboys Producer
1988 The Lair of the White Worm Producer
1975 Tommy Producer
1972 Savage Messiah Producer
1971 The Devils Producer
1970 The Music Lovers Producer
1965 Always on Sunday Producer

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