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The idea of Dracula as the ultimate patron of the arts is a good one, and could have allowed the movie to slot in nicely with Russell's composer biographies. After all, he'd already depicted Wagner as a vampire in Lisztomania. I didn't really care for the ending, and the suggested postscript from "an established writer" didn't convince me either.

But presumably Russell would have rewritten the script if the movie had been financed, so who knows how it would have finished up?


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Mar 06, David rated it liked it Shelves: Russell's vision would have been quite different from the others, but it was probably wiser not to do it. Makes for a fun read, visualizing the might-have-been. Lee rated it liked it Sep 06, Ross Byrne rated it really liked it Aug 28, Hill rated it liked it Aug 25, Carl Morano rated it really liked it Dec 25, Gregory Freeman rated it liked it Jan 14, Tank Finklestein rated it it was ok Apr 13, Leticia Martinez rated it it was amazing Apr 19, Adam Roan added it Oct 04, Beamish13 marked it as to-read Sep 13, Kimberly Lindbergs added it Feb 07, Jacinda marked it as to-read Mar 27, A ballet which I may have seen, as I know my local ballet company, a number of years ago, did a ballet version of Dracula.

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Though, I cannot remember whether it was the one by Gable or not. And the film would have been regarded as being partially autobiographical, with Russell re-imaging himself as the title character. On Dracula's cast Quote. Similarities and differences between Stoker's novel and Russell's movie Differences Movie: Hampshire in southern England Novel: It's a little unclear as to which one. Quincy Morris is a Douglas Fairbanks type of hero. Lucy is an opera star with leukemia. Though, he appears sooner in the film than he does in the novel To be continued.

This was the suggested cast for Ken Russell's Dracula, if it had ever been made. Michael York or Alan Bates Lucy. Oliver Reed Quincy Morris.

James Coburn Van Helsing. Winona Ryder Van Helsing. Keanu Reeves Quincy Morris. Tom Waits In a comparison of the 2 casts, IMHO while the actors in the 1st cast listed would have brought something different to their roles, except for the actors, who would have replaced Keanu Reeves, who gives new meaning to the word "wooden," none of the actors listed would have bettered the actors in the 2nd cast.

Important dates in the history of Ken Russell's Dracula. Thus, while no scouts could have appeared in Bram Stoker's novel, as the scouting movement in the U. They could have appeared in Ken Russell's film, as they had been in existence for 18 years. Yet we do not get any scouts. Instead we get a gardener's boy, who was suppose to appear naked in order to lure Renfield into Dracula's clutches, and whose character was suppose to be only Of course, this would not be the only time that Ken Russell had an young male character appear nude in one of his films--supposedly.

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Though the scene of him appearing apparently in the nude was so controversial at the time the film was released, that the scene was removed from the film, and the film was destroyed, and as far as I know, not only does the film no longer exist, there are no stills of the scene still in existence. Lawrence adaptation, which also happens to be the prequel to Women in Love. Glenda Jackson played the mother of her character in the previous film.

In the film The Russia House , starring Sean Connery and Michelle Pfeiffer , Russell made one of his first significant acting appearances, portraying Walter, an ambiguously gay British intelligence officer who discomfits his more strait-laced CIA counterparts. Russell henceforth occasionally acted. The film Prisoner of Honor allowed Russell a further opportunity to explore his abiding interest in anti-Semitism through a factually-based account of the Dreyfus Affair in France. The movie featured Richard Dreyfuss in the central role of Colonel Georges Picquart , the French army investigator who exposed the army establishment's framing of the Jewish officer Captain Alfred Dreyfus.

In , Russell directed his final film of any note, Whore.

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It was highly controversial and branded with an NC rating for its sexual content. Russell protested his film being given such a rating when Pretty Woman got an R , on the grounds that his film showed the real hardships of being a prostitute, and the other glorified it. By the early s, Russell had become a celebrity: He became largely reliant on his own finances to continue making films.

Much of his work after was commissioned for television e. Prisoner of Honor was Russell's final work with Oliver Reed. In May , he was honoured with a retrospective of his work presented in Hollywood by the American Cinematheque.

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Russell attended the festival and engaged in lengthy post-screening discussions of each film with audiences and moderator Martin Lewis, [24] who had instigated and curated the retrospective. He also had a cameo in the Colour Me Kubrick. He directed a segment for the horror anthology Trapped Ashes which also includes segments directed by Sean S. Cunningham , Monte Hellman , and Joe Dante.

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Prior to his death in he was reputed to be in pre-production for two films: The Pearl of the Orient and Kings X. Efforts such as The Lion's Mouth and The Fall of the Louse of Usher have suffered from low production values for example, being shot in video on Russell's estate, often featuring Russell himself and limited distribution. In he was a member of the jury at the 25th Moscow International Film Festival. One of his many tasks was to advise students on the making of their graduate films. Russell was appointed visiting fellow at the University of Southampton in April , where he acted in a similar capacity to his role at the Newport Film School , until March His arrival was celebrated with a screening of the rare director's cut of The Devils hosted by Mark Kermode.

He began production of his first full-length film in almost 5 years, Moll Flanders , an adaptation of Daniel Defoe 's novel , starring Lucinda Rhodes-Flaherty and Barry Humphries , but a finished film failed to materialise. Russell commented that "Ten years ago, while working on The South Bank Show , Melvyn Bragg and I had a heated discussion on the pros and cons of film censorship. Broadly speaking, Melvyn was against it, while I, much to his surprise, was absolutely for it. He then dared me to write a script that I thought should be banned. I accepted the challenge and a month or so later sent him a short subject entitled A Kitten for Hitler.

Russell joined Celebrity Big Brother in January , at the start of the series, but left voluntarily within a week after an altercation with Jade Goody.

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The next stop was Russellmania! Tommy Tune joined Russell the next evening for The Boy Friend and followed the screening with a live stage dance number from the film. Director Mick Garris extended an invitation and Russell, Tribble, and Rupe joined the Masters of Horror for one of their rarified dinners. The Autobiography of Ken Russell , He also published six novels, including four on the sex lives of composers — Beethoven Confidential , Brahms Gets Laid , Elgar: The Erotic Variations , and Delius: A Moment with Venus.

Mike and Gaby's Space Gospel is a science-fiction rewriting of Genesis. His last novel, also science-fiction and published in , is called Violation. It is a very violent future-shock tale of an England where football has become the national religion. At the time of his death, he had a column for The Times in the Film section of times 2.

Before achieving success in the film industry, Russell enjoyed a brief fling with still photography. An exhibition displaying some of Russell's work was on display during the summer of in central London's Proud Galleries in The Strand, London. An exhibition Ken Russell: Filmmaker, Photographer ran at several galleries in The production featured a range of erotic imagery, including studded bras and spiked codpieces.

Russell converted to Roman Catholicism during the s. He was married four times. His first marriage, to costume designer Shirley Kingdon from to , produced four sons and a daughter. He was married to Vivian Jolly from to the wedding celebrant being Anthony Perkins , who had been ordained in the Universal Life Church ; [34] the couple had a son and daughter.