Monday, November 28, 2011

Director Ken Russell "headin' for the judgment day"

Posted By on Mon, Nov 28, 2011 at 12:43 PM

Famously provocative director Ken Russell has died following a series of strokes at the age of 84. As the New York Times reports:

A polarizing figure who delighted in breaching the limits of propriety and cinematic good taste, Mr. Russell courted controversy through much of his career. His most popular film, the D.H. Lawrence adaptation “Women in Love” (1969), and his most notorious one, “The Devils” (1971), about a 17th-century outbreak of religious hysteria, both caused run-ins with censors.

I can't say Russell was one of my favorite directors, but I thoroughly enjoy the campy, fever-dream craziness of his vampire movie The Lair of the White Worm. Given his penchant for sexually explicit, over-the-top imagery, I can think of no better epitaph than this brief clip from Crimes of Passion, starring Kathleen Russell and Anthony Perkins:

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