Savage Messiah (1972)
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as Sophie Brzeska
as Henri Gaudier-Brzeska
as Gosh Smith-Boyle
as Angus Corky
as Mons. Gaudier
as Lionel Shaw
as Louvre Attendant
as Mme. Gaudier
as Maj. Boyle
as Mavis Coldstream
as Thomas Buff
as Mr. Saltzman
as Library Student
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.
[Ken] Russell, without resorting to stomach-churning violence or mindboggling camera trickery, has proven himself a true master of cinematic vitality and versatility.
It's the sort of grade B melodrama that John Barrymore would have played heavily, hammily and stoned in his twilight years.
Audience Reviews for Savage Messiah
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.
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.
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