Ken Russell

Ken Russell

Highest Rated: 100% The Kids Are Alright (1979)

Lowest Rated: 33% Trapped Ashes (2006)

Birthday: Jul 3, 1927

Birthplace: Southampton, Hampshire, England, UK

Known for his explorations of sexuality, religion, music and history via a prism of stylized excess, filmmaker Ken Russell was often hailed as a visionary and the successor to Fellini. After winning acclaim for early biographical dramas that included "Elgar" (1962) and "Song of Summer" (1968), Russell stunned theatergoers and critics alike with his adaptation of D.H. Lawrence's "Women in Love" (1969). From this point forward, the director seemed far less interested in being a critical darling than in becoming a cinematic agent provocateur of the highest order. Films like "The Devils" (1971), "Tommy" (1975), "Altered States" (1980), "Crimes of Passion" (1984) and "Whore" (1991) drew much critical discussion and theorizing about their themes and meanings. A period of made-for-television projects in the mid-1990s preceded a series of self-produced video shorts, sporting titles like "The Fall of the House of Usher: A Gothic Tale for the 21st Century" (2002) and "Revenge of the Elephant Man" (2004). Despite the limited budgets and distribution of these latter films, one thing was for certain - the mercurial filmmaker was still making precisely the movies he wanted to make, and there was no mistaking Ken Russell's work for that of anyone else.

Highest rated movies

The Russia House
Tales of Erotica
Color Me Kubrick

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
33% 14% Trapped Ashes Director - 2006
No Score Yet 73% The Moving Finger Reverend Caleb Dane Calthrop (Character) - 2006
52% 41% Color Me Kubrick Nightgown Man (Character) $70.7K 2005
No Score Yet 43% The Fall of the Louse of Usher Unknown (Character),
Director
- 2002
No Score Yet 0% Dogboys Director,
Producer
- 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mindbender Director - 1995
60% No Score Yet Tales of Erotica Mr. Kirsch (Character),
Director,
Writer
- 1994
46% 36% Whore Director $1.0M 1991
No Score Yet 80% Prisoner of Honor Director - 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet If You Can't Say It, Just See It Director - 1991
68% 50% The Russia House Walter (Character) $22.6M 1990
No Score Yet 33% Women & Men: Stories of Seduction Director - 1990
71% 57% The Rainbow Director,
Producer
$22.2K 1989
38% 85% Salome's Last Dance Director $13.7K 1988
68% 47% The Lair of the White Worm Director,
Producer
$22.0K 1988
54% 48% Aria Director - 1987
54% 49% Gothic Director $32.1K 1986
48% 55% Crimes of Passion Director - 1984
85% 71% Altered States Director - 1980
100% 88% The Kids Are Alright Self - 1979
42% 42% Valentino Director - 1977
45% 62% Lisztomania Director - 1975
70% 71% Tommy Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer
- 1975
71% 77% Mahler Director,
Screenwriter
- 1974
60% 79% Savage Messiah Director,
Producer
- 1972
59% 73% The Music Lovers Director,
Producer
- 1971
83% 69% The Boy Friend Director,
Producer
- 1971
68% 88% The Devils Director,
Writer,
Producer
- 1971
83% 74% Women in Love Director - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet Song of Summer Priest (Character),
Director,
Producer
- 1968
50% 41% Billion Dollar Brain Director - 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Isadora Duncan Director - 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet French Dressing Director - 1964