Savage Messiah (1972)
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as Gosh Smith-Boyle
as Mons. Gaudier
as Angus Corky
as Sophie Brzeska
as Maj. Boyle
as Louvre Attendant
as Lionel Shaw
as Henri Gaudier-Brzeska
as Thomas Buff
as Mavis Coldstream
as Library Student
as Mr. Saltzman
as Mme. Gaudier
Critic Reviews for Savage Messiah
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.
Russell takes the mystique away from art, but supplies nothing much in its place.
You get to like Henri and Sophia, maybe more than they like themselves.
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.
One of Russell's less successful art movies, still over-the-top in his trademark style, but not jaw-droppingly so.
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Audience Reviews for Savage Messiah
A movie about the pure joy and creativity that built the relationship between Gaudier and Brzeksa. Ken Russell, as he is known to do, doesn't stop to dwell on the mental health issues or the bizarre circumstances of the two, he simply celebrates the work. Instead of dissecting them under a microscope, he puts them under a magnifying glass and illuminates the passions that drove these two artists to keep on living as they did. In lieu of the fantastic sets and bizarre camera angles, Russell delivers huge fantastical emotion and injects it right into your heart. In this way, it's one of his more straight forward and sweet movies, simply about two bizarre people who found each other at a moment in time.
Coherent Ken Russell film is not as odd as some of his other offerings; the story is absorbing and the performances are fine.
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.
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