Monday, November 28, 2011

Ken Russell, R.I.P.

Today, I came and escorted home noted, and controversial, film director Ken Russell.

I say "controversial" because many people thought his movies. . . undisciplined?

Others were not so kind.

I, on the other hand, loved his images:

Understated, yet powerful.

If by "understated" you mean "Mack-truck-like". . . .

I'm sorry I've left you with one fewer directors prompting this question: what'll he do next?


Who Am Us Anyway? said...

From the Dept. of Happiness is the BEST revenge, I loved this quote:

In a column in The Times of London in 2008 about a critical biography of him by Joseph Lanza titled “Phallic Frenzy,” Mr. Russell reflected on his longtime status as a critical punching bag. “I believe in what I’m doing wholeheartedly, passionately, and what’s more, I simply go about my business,” he wrote. “I suppose such a thing can be annoying to some people.”

Also, Ringo in a cameo as the Pope ... I did not know that.

Mister Parker said...

I will say I don't think Ken Russell's happiness was the reason he was a critical punching bag. He started out as a celebrated director -- nominated for an Oscar for directing Women in Love, which won Glenda Jackson her first Oscar. He then took off all the brakes on a headlong race toward the land of crapitude, and when he arrived, he happily, wholeheartedly and passionately climbed off his wagon, staked his claim and built a mansion.

Crap is crap, regardless of one's intentions.

But many would disagree.

Who Am Us Anyway? said...

Oh so you’re going to get factual, eh? Well, the laugh’s on you because facts are stupid things – R. Reagan, 1988 Repub Convention


So therefor even though I don't think I’ve actually seen any of his movies I stand by my very own platitude learned of bitter I mean interesting experience:

Happiness IS the best revenge!

It's always worth a shot anyway.

Mister Parker said...

I actually remember that Reagan moment at the '88 convention -- I remembering looking at Katie-Bar-The-Door and we both started laughing. It still makes me laugh. And I liked Reagan.

Who Am Us Anyway? said...

Yeah that was great; I saw it live as well on the Tee Vee. Even then it was obvious that he meant to say "Stubborn" as per the old saying, but what made it so funny wasn't the misspeak by itself so much as how clearly and confidently and forcefully he enunciated the words. "Facts ... ARE ... stupid things!" And the crowd goes crazy (OK I made up the last part.)