My Favorite Ken Russell Films

* * * * (Out of * * * *)

1.   The Devils (1971)
(I saw it online)

2.   Song of Summer (1968)
(Episode of “Omnibus”)
(Television)

3.   Altered States (1980)

4.   Women in Love (1969)

5.   Tommy (1975)

6.   Savage Messiah (1972)

7.   The Boy Friend (1971)

8.   Isadora Duncan, the Biggest Dancer in the World (1966)
(Television)

9.   The Debussy Film (1965)
(Episode of “Monitor”)
(Television)

10. Elgar (1962)
(Episode of “Monitor”)
(Television)

11. Pop Goes the Easel (1962)
(Episode of “Monitor”)
(Television)
(I saw it online)

12. Always on Sunday (1965)
(Episode of “Monitor”)
(Television)

13. Dante’s Inferno (1967)
(Episode of “Omnibus”)
(Television)

14. Crimes of Passion (1984)

15. The Music Lovers (1971)

16. Mahler (1974)

17. Dance of the Seven Veils (1970)
(Episode of “Omnibus”)
(Television)
(I saw it online)

18. Lisztomania (1975)

19. Valentino (1977)

20. Salome’s Last Dance (1988)
(I saw it on an old VHS tape)

21. The Rainbow (1989)
(I saw it on an old VHS tape)

22. The Lair of the White Worm (1988)
(I saw it on an old VHS tape)

23. Gothic (1986)

24. Whore (1991)
(I saw it on an old VHS tape)

25. Lady Chatterley (1993)
(Miniseries)
(Television)

26. The Planets (1983)
(Television)

27. The Mystery of Dr. Martinu (1992)
(Television)
(I saw it online) 

28. The Secret Life of Arnold Bax (1992)
(Television)
(I saw it online)

29. The Strange Affliction of Anton Bruckner (1990)
(Television)
(I saw it online)

30. Treasure Island (1995)
(Television)
(I saw it online)

31. Elgar: Fantasy of a Composer on a Bicycle (2002)
(Television)
(I saw it online)

32. Ken Russell: In Search of the English Folk Song (1997)
(Documentary)
(Television)
(I saw it online)

33. A British Picture (1989)

* * * * (Out of * * * *) (Short Cinema)

1.   A House in Bayswater (1959)
(I saw it online)

2.   Peepshow (1956)
(I saw it online)

3.   Amelia and the Angel (1958)
(I saw it online)

4.   Aria (1987)
(Segment: “Nessun dorma”)
(Anthology Film)

5.   A Kitten for Hitler (2007)
(I saw it online)

8 thoughts on “My Favorite Ken Russell Films

  1. I am a big fan of his work, and the great variety he produced. I doubt I could pick a favourite, though ‘The Devils’ is memorable, and ‘Whore’ was outstanding.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. I’m a big fan of Tommy. Surrealistic. Big. Loud. The visual vibrancy. The tournament scene. The splendid, evil mother to end all evil mothers, Ann Margaret. Elton John. Tina Turner. The terror of Uncle Frank, the perversion of Uncle Ernie. The comeuppance of evil. Oh yeah, did I say I liked it? Masterpiece.

  3. One thing I envy about you Brits is that while the version of The Devils available on home video in the UK is not a director’s cut, it is the closest one that fans living there will get to something resembling what Ken Russell intended for the time being. Here in the US, we only have the VHS theatrical cut for lack of better word. My Blu-Ray/DVD player does not play region 2 sadly. Nevertheless, Mark Kermode and director Guillermo del Toro have been pressuring Warner Bros to not only release the true director’s cut in the UK, but also here in the US as well. I read somewhere that Christopher Nolan is a huge fan of The Devils and maybe he can get on board to convince Warners to release it sincere has a very positive working relationship with them. One day one day, I will get to see it the way it was originally intended 🙂 Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂

  4. I too am a huge fan of Tommy (but then again, you knew that already) 🙂 What else can be said of that pinball tournament scene, I mean it is just exhilarating. Speaking of Ann Margaret’s character, remember the scene where that TV explodes and she is bathing in baked beans and detergent. What a mindf**k (pardon my language) 🙂 Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂

  5. I saw it on release in the cinema, with an 18 rating, so presumably the theatrical cut.
    But can you not buy ‘region free’ or ‘multi-region’ DVD players in the US? I have one that plays Region 1-6 films with no issues and it was only $30 (equivalent) new, on Ebay.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  6. No you can buy region free players in the US. For some reason, I just did not because I was not aware that such a thing existed until a decade ago. In other words, it just was not on my mind. The next time I need to upgrade, I will try to get a region free player. Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂

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