Ken Russell At The BBC
This three-disc set showcases the classic BBC biographies directed by artistic visionary Ken Russell. Leading off is "Elgar" (1962), a mix of drama and documentary with Peter Brett as the acclaimed British Romantic composer. Then, "The Debussy Film" (1965) stars Oliver Reed as renowned French composer Claude Debussy. With Vladek Sheybal, Annette Robertson. "Always On Sunday" (1965) is a biopic of French painter Henri Rousseau starring James Lloyd and narrated by Reed. Then, "Isadora Duncan: The Biggest Dancer In The World" (1966) stars Vivian Pickles as the pioneering American performer. Features Peter Bowles, Alexei Jawdokimov. "Dante's Inferno" (1967) chronicles the tumultuous relationship between poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti and his sickly wife. Stars Reed, Judith Paris, Pat Ashton. Lastly, "Song Of Summer" (1968) examines the final years of English composer Frederick Delius. With Max Adrian, Maureen Pryor. 6 3/4 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English (SDH); interview; featurette.
- Ken Russell
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- Cast: Peter Brett, Oliver Reed, Annette Robertson, Vladek Sheybal, James Lloyd, Vivian Pickles, Peter Bowles, Alexei Jawdokimov, Judith Paris, Pat Ashton, Max Adrian, Maureen Pryor, Christopher Gable