Monday, November 28, 2011

RIP Ken Russell

Director Ken Russell passed away at the age of 84 on Sunday. He directed one of my favorite movies of all time -Altered States. An exploration of the collective consciousness starring William Hurt as an obsessed academic who experiments with isolation chambers, blood rituals and drugs to learn more and to seek more knowledge. An interesting movie that is visually stimulating and intellectually challenging, a rarity in other words. Altered States is well worth owning, but if you want to sample before you buy you can Netflix this title.

Russell also directed the rock opera Tommy featuring music from the Who and others. Many remember this scene featuring Ann Margaret

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