Ken Russell

3 Jul 1927 - 27 Nov 2011

Director, Writer, Actor, Producer

Henry Kenneth Alfred "Ken" Russell (born 3 July 1927) is 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."

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Filmography (26 titles)

(movie, 2010)
···Mr Nice
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Role: Actor (as Russell Miegs)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance
Role: Actor (as Rev Caleb Dane Calthrop)
(movie, 2006)
···Marple: The Moving Finger
Genre: Drama, Crime, Mystery
Role: Actor (as Reverend Caleb Dane Calthrop)
(movie, 2005)
···Brothers of the Head
Genre: Drama, Music
Role: Actor (as Himself)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Horror, Musical
Role: Actor, Director
(movie, 1998)
···Dogboys
Genre: Action, Thriller
Role: Director
Genre: Drama
Role: Director
(movie, 1991)
···Prisoner of Honor
Genre: Drama, Biography
Role: Director
(movie, 1991)
···Whore
Genre: Drama
Role: Director
Genre: Biography
Role: Director
(movie, 1989)
···The Rainbow
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance
Role: Director, Writer
(movie, 1989)
···A British Picture
Genre: Biography
Role: Director
(movie, 1988)
···The Lair of the White Worm
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Role: Director, Producer, Writer
(movie, 1988)
···Salome's Last Dance
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Biography
Role: Director
(movie, 1986)
···Gothic
Genre: Horror
Role: Actor, Director
(movie, 1984)
···Crimes of Passion
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Role: Director
(movie, 1980)
···Altered States
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Thriller
Role: Director
(movie, 1977)
···Valentino
Genre: Biography, Drama
Role: Director
(movie, 1975)
···Tommy
Genre: Drama, Music
Role: Director, Producer, Writer
(movie, 1975)
···Lisztomania
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Fantasy, Musical
Role: Director
(movie, 1974)
···Mahler
Genre: Drama, Music
Role: Director, Writer
(movie, 1972)
···Savage Messiah
Genre: Biography, Drama
Role: Director
(movie, 1971)
···The Devils
Genre: Drama, History
Role: Director, Producer, Writer
(movie, 1969)
···Women in Love
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Director
(movie, 1967)
···Billion Dollar Brain
Genre: Thriller
Role: Director