- Henry Kenneth Alfred "Ken" Russell was an English film director, known for his pioneering work in television and film and for his flamboyant and controversial style
|Born:||03 July 1927 |
|When did Ken Russell die? / Died||27 November 2011|
|How many years did Ken Russell live? / Lived||84 years|
Ken Russell facts
- He attracted criticism for being obsessed with sexuality and the church
- His films in the main were liberal adaptations of existing texts, or biographies, notably of composers of the Romantic era
- 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 films Women in Love (1969), The Devils (1971), The Who's Tommy (1975), and the science fiction film Altered States (1980)
- Russell also directed several films based on the lives of classical music composers, such as Elgar, Delius, Tchaikovsky, Mahler, and Liszt
- 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 low-budget 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
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