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Also Known As: Died: November 27, 2011
Born: July 3, 1927 Cause of Death: Stroke
Birth Place: Southampton, England, GB Profession: Director ...
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Director (feature film)

1.
Kings X (2007)
Colin Manks is a sharp, smooth talking, up-market low life whose narcissism leads him to record his life on his camera phone for posterity. He falls for Hattie, an Essex girl property agent whose crooked boss has her doing dodgy deals she's too naive and self important to question. But when both of
2.
Trapped Ashes (2006)
Seven strangers are trapped inside an infamous 'House of Horrors' during a Hollywood movie studio tour and forced to tell their most terrifying personal stories to get out alive.
3.
Lady Chatterley (2003) as Director
4.
Insatiable Mrs. Kirsch, The (1994) as Director
A young male writer becomes obsessed with a passionate, mysterious woman at a remote Dorset seaside inn.
5.
Whore (1991) as Director
24 hours in the life of a L.A. street walker.
6.
Prisoner of Honor (1991) as Director
Set in turn-of-the-century France about an anti-Semitic army officer who challenges the massive government coverup in the imprisonment of Alfred Dreyfus for espionage.
7.
Women & Men: Stories of Seduction (1990) as Director ("Dusk Before Fireworks")
A trilogy of short story adaptations broadcast as a television movie presentation of "HBO Showcase." "Dusk Before Fireworks" is about the relationship between a woman and a gigolo who is continually interrupted by phone calls from other women. "The Man in the Brooks Brothers Shirt" is about a woman
8.
Rainbow, The (1989) as Director
Experiences and frustrations of a young girl on the brink of womanhood.
9.
Lair of the White Worm, The (1988) as Director
A terrifying legend comes true after a discovery in an ancient ruin, and a female vampire is unleashed.
10.
Salome's Last Dance (1988) as Director
Film centers around playwright Oscar Wilde watching a performance of his play "Salome".
11.
Aria (1987) as Director ("Turandot")
12.
Gothic (1986) as Director
June 16, 1816. At the Villa Diodati on the shores of Lake Geneva, the exiled poet Lord Byron and his biographer-physician Polidori play host to Shelley, his lover Mary Godwin, and her half-sister Claire. Based very loosely on the memoirs of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.
13.
Crimes Of Passion (1984) as Director
A successful fashion designer moonlights as a seductive call-girl, an alter-ego created out of a curiosity for the kinky side of life.
14.
Altered States (1980) as Director
A professor in abnormal psychology who is studying schizophrenia develops a theory that other states of consciousness are as real as the waking state. He begins experimenting using sensory-deprivation and drugs on himself. This experimentation leads to extreme psychological and physical changes, at
15.
Valentino (1977) as Director
The famed silent screen star is torn between love and his career.
16.
Lisztomania (1976) as Director
A wild and imaginitive send-up of the bawdy life of Romantic composer/piano virtuoso Franz Liszt (played by The Who's Roger Daltrey). Director Ken Russell utilizes ubiquitous phallic imagery and devotes a good portion of the film to Liszt's "friendship" with fellow composer Richard Wagner. The film begins during the time when Franz would give piano performance to a crowd of shrieking teenage fans while maintaining affairs with his (multiple!) mistresses. He eventually seeks Princess Carolyne of St. Petersburg (at her invitation), elopes, and, after their marriage is forbidden by the Pope (Ringo Starr), he embraces the monastic life as an abbe. Often scorned by critics for director Ken Russell's metaphoric interpretation of Liszt's life (in lieu of a more literal one), Lisztomania plays like a trip through a fun house and contains enough symbolism to appease any film buff.
17.
Mahler (1974) as Director
Both trifles and structure are tossed out the door by director Ken Russell in this film. Here, historical content matters not so much as metaphors, feelings, emotions, and interpretations, and pay close attention, as every word and frame is intended to be important. The film takes place on a single train ride, in which the sickly, aged composer Gustav Mahler and his wife, Alma, confront the reasons behind their faltered marriage and dying love. Each word seems to evoke memories of past, and so the audience witnesses events of Mahler's life that explain somewhat his present state. Included are his turbulent and dysfunctional family life as a child, his discovery of solace in the "natural" world, his brother's suicide, his [unwanted] conversion from Judiasm to Catholicism, his rocky marriage and the death of his young children. The movie weaves in and out of dreams, flashbacks, thoughts and reality as Russell poetically describes the man behind the music.
18.
Savage Messiah (1972) as Director
19.
The Devils (1971) as Director
Cardinal Richelieu and his power-hungry entourage seek to take control of pre-rennaisance France, but need to destroy Father Grandier - the priest who runs the fortified town that prevents them from exerting total control. So they seek to destroy him by setting him up as a warlock in control of a devil-possessed nunnery, the mother superior of which is sexually obsessed by him. A mad witch-hunter is brought in to gather evidence against the priest, ready for the big trial.
20.
The Music Lovers (1971) as Director
Unconventional account of composer Tchaikovsky's life and loves.
21.
Women in Love (1970) as Director
In the twenties, two free-thinking sisters try to balance sexual passion with independence.
22.
Billion Dollar Brain (1967) as Director
A retired spy gets mixed up with plans to overthrow Communism using a new supercomputer.
23.
French Dressing (1963) as Director
Set at a British holiday resort, a bright young deckchair attendant cons the local entertainments manager and the mayor into running a film festival, then persuades an ambitious young French actress to be the star of the proceedings.

Cast (feature film)

24.
Color Me Kubrick (2006)
For months Alan Conway, a perfect stranger, passed himself off as one of the greatest film directors of all time, Stanley Kubrick. Conway knew nothing of the filmmaker or his films, but this didn't prevent him from using and abusing the credulity of those who thought they had come in contact with th
25.
Brothers of the Head (2005)
A tale about conjoined twins Tom and Barry Howe, who, as teenagers in the early 1970s, were plucked from obscurity by a music promoter who groomed them into a successful punk band.
26.
Lady Chatterley (2003) as Sir Michael Reid
27.
The Russia House (1990) as Walter
An expatriate Englishmen finds love while doing intelligence work in the Soviet Union.
28.
Salome's Last Dance (1988) as Cappadodem
Film centers around playwright Oscar Wilde watching a performance of his play "Salome".

Writer (feature film)

29.
Lady Chatterley (2003) as Revised Screenplay
30.
Insatiable Mrs. Kirsch, The (1994) as Screenwriter
A young male writer becomes obsessed with a passionate, mysterious woman at a remote Dorset seaside inn.
31.
Whore (1991) as Screenwriter
24 hours in the life of a L.A. street walker.
32.
Rainbow, The (1989) as Screenwriter
Experiences and frustrations of a young girl on the brink of womanhood.
33.
Lair of the White Worm, The (1988) as Screenwriter
A terrifying legend comes true after a discovery in an ancient ruin, and a female vampire is unleashed.
34.
Salome's Last Dance (1988) as Screenwriter
Film centers around playwright Oscar Wilde watching a performance of his play "Salome".
35.
Aria (1987) as Screenplay ("Turandot")
36.
Valentino (1977) as Screenwriter
The famed silent screen star is torn between love and his career.
37.
Lisztomania (1976) as Screenwriter
A wild and imaginitive send-up of the bawdy life of Romantic composer/piano virtuoso Franz Liszt (played by The Who's Roger Daltrey). Director Ken Russell utilizes ubiquitous phallic imagery and devotes a good portion of the film to Liszt's "friendship" with fellow composer Richard Wagner. The film begins during the time when Franz would give piano performance to a crowd of shrieking teenage fans while maintaining affairs with his (multiple!) mistresses. He eventually seeks Princess Carolyne of St. Petersburg (at her invitation), elopes, and, after their marriage is forbidden by the Pope (Ringo Starr), he embraces the monastic life as an abbe. Often scorned by critics for director Ken Russell's metaphoric interpretation of Liszt's life (in lieu of a more literal one), Lisztomania plays like a trip through a fun house and contains enough symbolism to appease any film buff.
38.
Mahler (1974) as Screenwriter
Both trifles and structure are tossed out the door by director Ken Russell in this film. Here, historical content matters not so much as metaphors, feelings, emotions, and interpretations, and pay close attention, as every word and frame is intended to be important. The film takes place on a single train ride, in which the sickly, aged composer Gustav Mahler and his wife, Alma, confront the reasons behind their faltered marriage and dying love. Each word seems to evoke memories of past, and so the audience witnesses events of Mahler's life that explain somewhat his present state. Included are his turbulent and dysfunctional family life as a child, his discovery of solace in the "natural" world, his brother's suicide, his [unwanted] conversion from Judiasm to Catholicism, his rocky marriage and the death of his young children. The movie weaves in and out of dreams, flashbacks, thoughts and reality as Russell poetically describes the man behind the music.
39.
The Devils (1971) as Screenwriter
Cardinal Richelieu and his power-hungry entourage seek to take control of pre-rennaisance France, but need to destroy Father Grandier - the priest who runs the fortified town that prevents them from exerting total control. So they seek to destroy him by setting him up as a warlock in control of a devil-possessed nunnery, the mother superior of which is sexually obsessed by him. A mad witch-hunter is brought in to gather evidence against the priest, ready for the big trial.

Producer (feature film)

40.
Rainbow, The (1989) as Producer
Experiences and frustrations of a young girl on the brink of womanhood.
41.
Lair of the White Worm, The (1988) as Producer
A terrifying legend comes true after a discovery in an ancient ruin, and a female vampire is unleashed.
42.
Savage Messiah (1972) as Producer
43.
The Devils (1971) as Producer
Cardinal Richelieu and his power-hungry entourage seek to take control of pre-rennaisance France, but need to destroy Father Grandier - the priest who runs the fortified town that prevents them from exerting total control. So they seek to destroy him by setting him up as a warlock in control of a devil-possessed nunnery, the mother superior of which is sexually obsessed by him. A mad witch-hunter is brought in to gather evidence against the priest, ready for the big trial.
44.
The Music Lovers (1971) as Producer
Unconventional account of composer Tchaikovsky's life and loves.

Music (feature film)

45.
Valentino (1977) as New Lyrics ("The Sheik Of Araby")
The famed silent screen star is torn between love and his career.

Cast (special)

46.
Who's Tommy: The Amazing Journey, The (1994)
Traces the 25-year history of the rock opera "Tommy," from Pete Townshend's original conception of the composition, to the record album, rock concert, movie, ballet, and the Broadway musical.

Director (TV Mini-Series)

47.
Dogboys (1998) as Director

Director (short)

48.
Amelia and the Angel (1958) as Director
A little girl searches for a pair of wings so that she can be an angel in the school nativity play.

Cast (short)

49.
All Talking... All Singing... All Dancing (1971)
This promotional short film provides a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the musical "The Boy Friend" (1971).

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