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Savage Messiah

Savage Messiah (1972)

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Based on the book of the same name by H.S. Ede, eccentric director Ken Russell created this biographical drama of a great early 20th century artist who died tragically young. Henri Gaudier (Scott Anthony) is only 18 years old, a self-taught Parisian sculptor of enormous talent but prone to rash, exuberant behavior. Henri meets and begins a platonic but emotionally intense relationship with Sophie Brzeksa (Dorothy Tutin), a cultured Polish woman 20 years his senior. The relationship between Henri

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Christopher Logue, H.S. Ede

Feb 23, 1994

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Henri's interesting relationship with the ageing authoress Sophie Brzeska is lost in the director's overriding credo that both art and films are a matter of how much energy you exert.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Russell takes the mystique away from art, but supplies nothing much in its place.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
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You get to like Henri and Sophia, maybe more than they like themselves.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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It's 'the Ken Russell movie for people who don't like Ken Russell movies,' but the truth is that it's also the film for those who not only like, but love Ken Russell movies.

January 21, 2004 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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One of Russell's less successful art movies, still over-the-top in his trademark style, but not jaw-droppingly so.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
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Audience Reviews for Savage Messiah

marvelous, full of passion and romance at a breakneck pace, it's a great deal of fun and ultimately very moving. also contains what i would guess is one of helen mirren's earliest naked performances. RIP ken russell, enfant terrible.
November 29, 2011
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A lovely, entertaining film that only has occasional flashes of the baroque extravagance that later became Ken Russell's trademark. The actors spend most of the film shouting, but it seems to be faithful to the story (artistic temperaments, you know). According to the IMDB, the lead actor only appeared in four films (one of them made for British television). Interesting. And strange how obscure this film is today -- not even available on DVD?

On the smutty side, the film boasts the phenomenally sexy hips of the young Helen Mirren (in full-frontal glory) and a director of photography named Dick Bush.
May 2, 2012
Eric Broome

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