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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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Asked about the weirdest place he had ever vomited: "A coal bucket in Upper Norwood . . . I'd just been to a press showing of my first feature film, "French Dressing", and I didn't know that it wasn't good form to go. I was asked not to as it was a press showing but after the film I just talked to the only person who would talk to me, the film critic of THE BOMBAY TIMES, who loved it. All the rest universally condemned it. I was so upset. It was a sherry party so I got drunk on sherry. I remember tottering along Regent Street and collapsing in a doorway of what used to be a bank. I was moved on by a policeman so I stumbled down to Green Park and slept until it was dark. Then I got a 74 bus home to Upper Norwood and collapsed on the bed where I said to my wife at the time, 'I think I'm going to throw up!' and she convenietly brought a coal bucket over and I did. So that's the end of that. I never listened to the critics again.'--Ken Russell in EMPIRE, November 1997

"I've never had final cut on any of my films. Kubrick does on his films, but I can't think of anybody else. You get three cuts and three previews, and then they take over and chop it up. I'm told that the version of "The Devils" now out on video is the longest version. I haven't looked at it yet, but it's certainly longer than the version Warner Bros. had out before. When the film first came out, it did pretty well in Britain, ran for years in Italy, but was pretty well cut to shreds in America. (They cut out every scene that had pubic hair in it and it ended up about 15 minutes shorter)." --Russell to SIGHT AND SOUND, October 1997

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