RIP, Ken Russell

Rest in peace to Ken Russell, the 84 year old British director of Tommy, Women In Love and, more importantly, The Lair Of The White Worm, who died today. The almost always over-the-top Brit received the Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema's Phantasmagoria Award in 2002.  Besides The Who's Tommy (which, truth be told, was not a good movie), he also directed Roger Daltrey in the forgettably baroque Lisztomania, which shares a title with the terrific 2009 breakthrough hit for the French pop band Phoenix.  a.d. amorosi's interview with Russell from the 2002 Inquirer is here. My colleague's Steven Rea's most excellent appreciation of the director and sometime actor, which will appear in tomorrow Inquirer, is here. Watch Ann Margret - who's pictured with Daltrey and Oliver Reed, get covered in baked beans in Tommy here, and see Amanda Donahoe and Hugh Grant in the Lair of The White Worm trailer below.

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